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.
Bombardier Aerospace’s facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been selected to develop and produce the composite wing skin panels and spar components for the Learjet 85. Final assembly of the wings will take place at Bombardier’s production plant in Querétaro, Mexico, as previously announced.
Bombardier has completed the first phase of construction of a 600,000-sq-ft wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast for the C Series airliner, the company announced today. Construction started roughly a year ago and finished on schedule.
Bombardier Aerospace is in Atlanta this week highlighting its increased emphasis on worldwide customer service and product support for the entire Bombardier business jet and regional airliner customer base.
Bombardier Aerospace reaffirmed its influence on the large business jet category by introducing two new jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. These large cabin aircraft will feature GE’s new emission cutting TechX engine.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) joined Canadian and Quebec government officials in inaugurating the company’s global flight test operations center yesterday at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport.
Rolls-Royce in late August filed a complaint alleging infringement by United Technologies (UTC) of the patent for the Rolls-Royce swept fan blade–the same design, claims Rolls, that UTC subsidiary Pratt & Whitney used in its PW1000G PurePower geared turbofan for the Bombardier C Series and Mitsubishi MRJ.
Korean Air Lines is considering expanding its service on existing routes to China and Japan with 70- to 120-seat regional jets in two years. “We may inject the planes into routes operated by our budget carrier unit Jin Air as well,” said KAL chairman Cho Yang-Ho. KAL does not currently operate any regional jets; its smallest aircraft are 737-800s operated by its low-cost Jin Air division.
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.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) could enter the regional turboprop segment as early as next year, if it proceeds with the launch of a 90-seat aircraft it is currently evaluating. The company had rejected the idea of a regional jet due to the crowded market already existing with segment leaders Embraer and Bombardier being joined by new aircraft from Mitsubishi, Sukhoi and AVIC.