The first Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW6000-powered A318 aircraft has been delivered to engine-launch customer LAN Airlines, and marked the powerplant’s entry into service on June 18. Based in Santiago, Chile, the operator has ordered 44 engines and taken options on a further 41 units.
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In January, Pratt & Whitney achieved a major milestone in its campaign to become a certified supplier of spares for CFM International’s CFM56-3 turbofans when it ran the first engine test containing parts it had re-engineered and manufactured. The event marked one of the final steps toward certification and delivery of the first P&W-manufactured CFM56-3 parts to the ground-breaking service’s launch customer, United Airlines.
Pratt & Whitney has signed the biggest airline spare parts management deal in its history, in a $1.6 billion contract with United Airlines. More than 60 percent of United’s engines now come under P&W care.
The planetary gearbox on Pratt & Whitney’s Asian Aerospace stand (A909), may not look very exciting, but it could represent the future of aircraft propulsion technology.
After announcing the launch of its Global Material Solutions (GMS) division in February, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been busy making and testing parts for the CFM56-3 engine of its rivals General Electric and Snecma. Pratt & Whitney’s service division already overhauls and repairs CFM56 engines for airline customers and the company created GMS so that it could also offer lower-cost new parts to CFM56 operators.
Pratt & Whitney Canada on October 18 successfully completed the first run of its 1,000-shp-class PW210 turboshaft. According to the manufacturer, the engine met all of the engineers’ performance expectations. The first application for the new engine (in PW210S form) will be the Sikorsky S-76D.
Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1900) is here at NBAA’06 to announce big changes in its services and facilities.
Borrowing from its established Custom Build Standard for Rolls-Royce Allison 250 engines, Standard Aero (Booth No. 3621) has introduced its new Optimum Build Standard for all engines and modules processed at its facilities.
Pratt & Whitney took the aviation world by surprise when it announced in February the launch of a new division to manufacture PMA replacement parts for CFM56-3 engines. The CFM56, one of the most popular turbofans, is made by CFM International, a joint venture between France’s Snecma and General Electric.
Standard Aero has expanded its range of small gas turbine engine services with a five-year agreement covering PT6 engine work with Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions. The agreement includes material purchase arrangements, component repair services and engine teardown services. Standard Aero has offered a full range of overhaul, repair and component services for the PT6 since 1990.