- February 19, 2009, 11:23 AM
Despite announcing last week that it is laying off 10 percent of its 10,000-strong global workforce because of global recession, aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada remains committed to developing new products, according to company president John Saabas. It is working hard to meet, but not exceed, demand, while continuing to support 44,000 in-service engines. “One day [the market] will all come back, and faster than we can manage it,” he noted. P&WC had “been tooling up for more [growth], but now [the trend is] flat,” Saabas added. The market for business jet engines has been the hardest hit sector in its product line, with no year-over-year growth expected by P&WC. “The bottom line is that new aircraft models are coming in,” Saabas said, “so the numbers are not really impacted.” Demand for turboshaft engines is “steady, or [only] slightly down.” Meanwhile, P&WC’s new 1,000-shp PW210S turboshaft first flew on the Sikorsky S-76D earlier this month, with an additional application expected “within a year.” Other developments include the PW127TS, for the Russian Helicopters Mi-38; PW207D, Bell 429; PW307B, Bombardier Learjet 85; PW535E, Embraer Phenom 300; PW810, Cessna Citation Columbus; and PT6C-67E, Eurocopter EC 175.