Pratt & Whitney and Malaysian Airlines is to form a engine nacelle repair facility in Kuala Lumpur through a joint venture.

The 50/50 joint venture will service and repair engine nacelle components for the Malaysia Airlines fleet and conduct work for other operators in the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East.

Pratt & Whitney Global Repair Services vice-president Tom Hutton said this venture was an opportunity to strengthen its position in the Asia-Pacific region, where the aviation market is expected to see significant growth in the coming decades.

The new unit will add to Pratt & Whitney’s global service partners (GSP) network and offer service and repair of engine nacelle components. it will also offer services for partner and competitor engines.