LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA -- GE On Wing Support, Inc., a subsidiary of GE Engine Services, Inc., has launched its newest On Wing Support SM operation in Asia, GE On Wing Support Malaysia Sdn Berhad.

Operating out of facilities in Subang, Malaysia, GE On Wing Support Malaysia joins GE's global On Wing Support system in providing quick and efficient on-wing engine maintenance and repair by dispatching "rapid response" teams to any location, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. GE On Wing Support facilities are also capable of handling quick "hospital shop" repairs, such as replacing low-pressure turbines, high-pressure turbines, combustors, fans, and boosters.

"GE On Wing Support Malaysia is an integral part of a system designed to increase engine time on wing and lower overall cost of ownership," said Bill Vareschi, president of GE Engine Services. "We look forward to serving customers throughout Asia with the quick, efficient service that is the hallmark of GE On Wing Support."

"Also, GE Engine Services' successful maintenance and overhaul joint venture with Malaysia Airlines, Aero '97, as well as Malaysia's growing aerospace industry, were significant factors in its selection as the newest member of GE's On Wing Support network," Vareschi noted.

Currently in service from locations in England, China, and the U.S., GE On Wing Support will further expand Asian operations by opening facilities in Seoul, South Korea, later this month.

While GE On Wing Support Malaysia will initially perform work on CFM56, CF6-80C and Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, plans also include supporting GE's GE90-115B, the sole powerplant for Boeing's proposed 777X twinjet.

GE Engine Services, the industry leader in total aviation services, continues to make major global investments to provide value to customers. Besides its global On Wing Support network, GE Engine Services includes a global network of overhaul and repair "Centers of Excellence" which are located in: Xiamen, China; Nantgarw, Wales; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Ontario, California; Strother Field, near Arkansas City, Kansas; Miami, Florida; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Prestwick, Scotland; Petropolis, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Cincinnati, Ohio, and also at Garrett Aviation Services' six Total Aircraft Service SM Centers.

GE, a diversified technology, manufacturing, and services company with revenues exceeding $100 billion, operates in more than 100 countries around the world, including 250 manufacturing plants in 26 nations. GE has been active in Malaysia since the 1960s, and has steadily increased its commitment to the country's economic, technological, and industrial development, investing more than $100 million since the early 1980s.