P&WC Launches Demonstrator Program of New Regional Turboprop Engine
Next-generation engine builds on P&WC's leadership in regional turboprop sector
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched a demonstrator program for an all-new advanced turboprop engine aimed at powering the next generation of regional turboprop aircraft. The engine is being specifically designed to set new standards for the regional market by targeting double-digit reductions in fuel burn and environmental emissions over the current fleet. P&WC has completed the advanced study phase, and is now ready to launch the demonstrator program. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW100 family of engines has led the regional turboprop segment since entering service more than 25 years ago. We will leverage our more than 200 million hours of regional turboprop experience to develop the most advanced engine for this important market segment," said John Saabas, President, P&WC. "Our next-generation regional turboprop engine will deliver the economic and environmental benefits that make the regional turboprop a competitive advantage for airlines serving short-haul, high-frequency routes."
P&WC has defined key product attributes for the next-generation regional turboprop engine and initiated detailed design of an advanced engine core, including a high-efficiency compressor and low-emissions gas generator. P&WC will begin testing a core demonstrator in 2011 to validate technologies aimed at improved efficiency, advanced aerodynamics and lower emissions. The core incorporates the latest advanced technologies and materials developed for Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® family of engines.
"We continue our strategy of leveraging the entire spectrum of research-and-development capability to bring the best technologies to our engines," continued Saabas. "We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers to ensure that we have the best integrated turboprop propulsion system for their next regional aircraft programs."
P&WC's new offering will be a fully integrated propulsion system including engine, nacelle, propellers and other systems. Hamilton Sundstrand, also a UTC company, is developing state-of-the-art propellers and working closely with P&WC to design an integrated system. P&WC is leveraging the strength and experience of all UTC aerospace businesses to bring the most advanced systems integration technologies to this product offering.
P&WC set the standard for regional turboprop performance with the PW100 and PW150 family of engines. This is the only turboprop engine family designed specifically for the regional market, with optimized engine architecture, world-class reliability, low cost of operation, and an industry-leading dispatch reliability rate of more than 99.97 per cent. P&WC brings its extensive regional experience to the design of its latest regional turboprop offering.
In addition to the most advanced engine technology available, Pratt & Whitney Canada brings world-class customer service and regional airline support backed by a global network of maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities and field support representatives (FSR). P&WC has been taking front-line services to the next level ever since it launched its Customer First Centre (CFirst) in 2007. CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles an average 100,000 contacts every year.
P&WC boasts a worldwide network of more than 100 FSRs, distribution centres in key locations around the world and more than 80 mobile repair technicians; a broad pool of rental and exchange engines; a leading Eagle Service Plan (ESP® program); a customized Fleet Management Program (FMP® program); a most comprehensive warranty coverage; as well as an extensive Service Centre Network with more than 30 facilities around the world.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
Every second, a Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. Pratt & Whitney Canada's engines, with more than 500 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. Pratt & Whitney Canada's 24-7 Customer First Centre and a comprehensive network of field support representatives backed by in-house technical experts and an extensive parts distribution network deliver unmatched frontline service to the more than 50,000 P&WC engines flying around the world with more than 10,000 operators.