Chch Engine Centre

Christchurch Engine Centre (CHCEC) offers a variety of integrated and comprehensive aero-engine support services.

It provides full overhaul and tests of V2500, -A5, -D5 and Dart RDa7, 8 and 10 aero-engines, as well as non-destructive testing, a plating shop and plasma metal spray applications. It has a focus on competitive turnaround times and delivery performance.

Target market

CHCEC services the civil aviation industry, providing owners and operators with maintenance and overhaul services from its fully equipped 737 and 767 aircraft maintenance facility located at Christchurch International Airport. It is a virtual one-stop shop for airframe, engine and component repair, and the team provides a variety of rapid transport options.

CHCEC holds certification and national Civil Aviation Authority approvals from nine countries in addition to New Zealand.


In 1953 the former National Airways Corporation (now part of Air New Zealand) transferred its maintenance and engineering division from Palmerston North to Christchurch.

In April 2001, the engine overhaul business at Christchurch International Airport was sold to a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney (part of United Technologies Group) and Air New Zealand Limited – and now trades as CHCEC.

The joint venture provides engine overhaul and repair services for all Pratt & Whitney JT8D, Rolls Royce Dart and International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 engines.

Company size

CHCEC works with international clients and has various associated companies, in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

The Pratt & Whitney Air New Zealand Services partnership is also associated with the Pratt & Whitney Columbus Engine Centre and its V2500 programme in Columbus, Georgia, USA.

Research and development

CHCEC currently has full-test capability using a modern, computer-controlled test system and cell complex covering. It is a comprehensive system that covers all production, material, documentation, component control, finance, job costing and human resource functions.

The company is capable of delivering products on an international scale and operates a research programme, known as “voice of the customer,” which enables CHCEC to further develop and provide what the customer needs.

Contact us

Christchurch Engine Centre New Zealand

Chris Hobson

T: +64 3 374 7008