Mitsubishi ships first Pratt and Whitney PW1200 engine from Japan


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines shipped out the first domestically assembled Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G engine from its Komaki Plant in Japan this week.

The engine is being sent to Mitsubishi Aircraft’s Flight Test Center in Moses Lake, Washington, where it will be installed to support on-going aircraft testing of the SpaceJet regional passenger jet.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEAL) is seeking approval from the FAA to assemble PW1200G engines in the future from the Komaki factory. If granted the plant would become the first final assembly line in Japan for production of commercial airliner jet engines.

Assembly of the first PW1200G engine in Japan began in 2017. The engine could only be shipped after approval of the test cell and subsequent testing, analysis and verification which was recently completed.

The program for final assembly and acceptance testing of the PW1200G engine in Japan is based on an agreement concluded with Pratt & Whitney in 2008.

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