Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of the first PurePower PW1217G engine to test for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the company announced today. The engine, rated at 17,000 pounds of thrust, is the third PurePower PW1000G series engine to complete assembly. It will go to Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility to initiate testing.
Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier C Series. The company held a so-called "last bolt" ceremony today at its Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut to commemorate the milestone. Pratt plans to deliver the engine to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility later this month to start testing.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker's surprise revelation at the Farnborough airshow that "issues” with the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan engine had blocked an order for as many as 90 Bombardier C Series jets at the show seemed the last thing P&W needed at a critical time for the engine program.
Germany’s MTU Aero Engines has finished building the first high-speed, low-pressure turbine for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1524G, the engine destined for the Bombardier C Series aircraft.
Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Pratt & Whitney have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the school’s students will have the opportunity to enter an overseas industrial training program at Pratt & Whitney’s customer training center in Beijing, China. The six-week program is designed to give students practical training as aircraft maintenance engineers.
SIA Engineering (SIAEC) and Pratt & Whitney have signed a partnership deal that will see the Singaporean MRO provider participate in the PW1000G risk-revenue sharing program, SIAEC announced today. Under the terms of the deal, SIAEC will take a 3-percent stake in the PW1000G engine development for the Bombardier C Series and a 1-percent stake in the PW1000G variant under development for the Mitsubishi MRJ.
Russia’s Irkut Corp. has chosen the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engine to power the MC-21–a new family of 150- to 210-seat passenger jets scheduled for first flight in 2014 and entry into service in 2016. The deal gives Pratt’s PW1000G–formerly known as the Geared Turbofan–its third firm application. Mitsubishi has chosen the engine for its MRJ regional jet and Bombardier for its C Series narrowbody.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed a complaint in federal court in an attempt to block Pratt & Whitney from moving 830 union jobs out of Connecticut.
Pratt & Whitney has signed two more contracts for its EcoPower engine washing service. Amsterdam-based charter operator ArkeFly has inked a three-year agreement for its fleet of PW4060 and CFM56-7 turbofans, while Hawaiian Airlines renewed a previous agreement, signing up for five more years. Hawaiian uses PW4060, GE CF6-80A2 and Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Pratt’s EcoPower reduces fuel burn by up to a claimed 1.2 percent.
United Technologies last month announced it will lay off 11,600 employees over the next two years. How these cuts will affect aerospace divisions Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Sikorsky and Hamilton Sundstrand was not reported. However, P&WC said it isn’t planning any more layoffs than the 1,000 it announced in January.