GE Aviation has announced the selection of its Wales site as the GE Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility for the GE9X.
The Nantgarw overhaul facility, based just north of Cardiff, has been chosen to lead the company’s global ‘Entry into Service’ readiness programme. GE Aviation Wales was selected based on its wealth of technical expertise and its track record of continuous improvement. The site, which employs more than 1,400 people, will also benefit from a £5m investment from the Welsh Government to help toward the total £20m investment, over the next five years to equip and upskill the facility to be ready to maintain the GE9X fleet when it enters service on the Boeing 777X.
GE Aviation Wales Managing Director La-Chun Lindsay said: “This is a great day for Wales and particularly for our communities across the Valleys. The GE9X will be the world’s largest engine, and I’m incredibly proud that just as with the GE90 almost two decades ago, GE Aviation Wales has been chosen as the MRO facility. Adding the GE9X to our repertoire of engines will not only mean some £20 million of investment into our Wales site, but will also support high value manufacturing jobs.”Date: March 7, 2017