Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of the first PurePower PW1217G engine to test for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the company announced in late March. The engine manufacturer planned to send the engine, rated at 17,000 pounds of thrust, to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility to start testing last month. Pratt & Whitney held the so-called MRJ “last bolt ceremony” at its Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut on March 24.
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Thanks in large part to the emergence of the PW1000G PurePower Geared TurboFan, Pratt & Whitney has staged what some might consider a stunning reversal in fortunes since its failure to win a place on the Boeing 787 and the well documented trials of the PW6000 just a few years back.
Airbus has rescheduled plans to address perceived airline requirements for more-efficient single-aisle jetliners. To take advantage of emerging new “open rotor” engine technologies, it has extended beyond 2030 the time frame in which an all-new “A30X” replacement for the A320 might appear.
Evidence of the warm reception that Airbus A320 customers are giving the Pratt & Whitney’s Geared TurboFan engine mounted still further today, as Lufthansa announced its decision to choose the PurePower PW1100G for 30 A320neos. The agreement between Lufthansa and Pratt & Whitney calls for deliveries of 60 PW1100G engines to start in 2016. The Lufthansa supervisory board approved the neo order on March 16.
Pratt & Whitney has landed one of the largest engine orders “in recent aviation history” with IndiGo’s selection of the PurePower PW1100G to power its fleet of 150 Airbus A320neos, the engine manufacturer announced this morning.
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 announced today that it has finished initial ground testing on its first PurePower PW1000G series engine, the PW1524G Geared Turbofan for the Bombardier C Series. The engine completed nearly 200 hours of ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility.
Former Powerjet chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of CFM International, the GE-Snecma joint venture announced today. Ebanga replaces Eric Bachelet, who had served as CFM president and CEO since September 2005. Bachelet has accepted the position of Safran executive vice president of research and technology.
Qantas announced today that it would resume Airbus A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles more than two months after an in-flight uncontained engine failure forced an emergency landing of one of its superjumbos in Singapore. The airline said Flight QF93 from Melbourne would take off for Los Angeles on January 16.
Contingents from France’s Brit Air and Spain’s Air Nostrum joined Bombardier executives in Mirabel, Quebec, last month to mark the first deliveries of the newly certified CRJ1000. Together accounting for roughly half of the remaining CRJ backlog, Brit Air and Air Nostrum have placed firm orders for 14 and 35 copies of the new 100-seat jet, respectively.