Rolls-Royce plans to sell its equity and program shares in IAE to Pratt & Whitney for $1.5 billion as part of a restructuring that would see the two companies enter a new partnership to develop an engine to power a future midsize aircraft.
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Pratt & Whitney’s PW1524G Geared Turbofan has completed its flight-test program, the East Hartford, Conn.-based engine company announced today.
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.
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.
Pratt & Whitney today filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut against Rolls-Royce, claiming that UK-based engine maker misled the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to obtain a patent related to swept fan blades.
Pratt & Whitney and General Electric have bought their high-stakes battle over the provision of an alternative engine for the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Farnborough.
More than 100 hours of testing on a full-scale PW1000G PurePower engine core has so far validated Pratt & Whitney's performance goals for its new generation of commercial jet engines, the company announced today. The core has also demonstrated “excellent” starting and operability characteristics, according to Pratt & Whitney.
Despite last year’s cancellation of the Cessna Columbus program, which would have been the launch customer for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PurePower PW800 series of engines, progress continues on the 10,000-pound-thrust class turbofan, and the engine maker (Booth No. 328) is actively discussing applications with airframers for the new powerplant.
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.