Has Purchase Commitments From 25 Airlines And Other
Pratt & Whitney is calling 2011 a banner year for its newest
engine program, saying it has commitments from 25 airline and
lessor customers for more than 2,000 PurePower Geared Turbofan
engines. The company has also completed more than 1,250 hours and
2,800 cycles of full engine testing for its first two
In March, the PurePower engine ... described by TIME magazine as
"the most important development in aviation in 2011," ... won the
first announced engine selections for the Airbus A320neo aircraft.
Shortly after, Airbus named it the lead engine on the company's
A320neo, scheduled to enter service in 2015. Since the beginning of
the year, Pratt & Whitney has won commitments to power more
than 370 firm A320neo aircraft, equating to more than 700
In September, the PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries
aircraft completed its first flight test program on board Pratt
& Whitney's Flying Test Bed, logging 25 flights with 115 flight
hours. A second PW1524G engine will begin flight testing this month
at the company's Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec
(Canada). The state-of-the-art facility, which opened earlier this
year, features advanced manufacturing technologies and will house
final production assembly and test for both the PurePower PW1524G
and Pratt & Whitney Canada's advanced PurePower PW800 engine
family for the next generation of large business jets.
Bombardier CSeries Airplanes Artist's
This summer, Pratt & Whitney also concluded the initial
phase of ground testing of the PW1217G engine for the Mitsubishi
Regional Jet. The engine completed more than 300 hours and 1,100
cycles. The Mirabel Aerospace Center flight test operations
are preparing a second flying test bed to begin flight tests of the
PW1200G engine in the first quarter of 2012.
"2011 has been a landmark year for the PurePower engine
program," said Todd Kallman, president, Commercial Engines &
Global Services. "When we first launched the PurePower program, we
promised the industry it would change everything. We
delivered on that promise with a commitment to continue flawless
execution of its test program and entry into service."
In addition to more than 1,250 hours of full engine testing,
Pratt & Whitney performed critical part-level and engine
sub-system testing to validate PurePower engine program designs,
including hundreds of hours of core testing; design validation of
the Fan Drive Gear System; fan blade for bird ingestion; blade
containment; and compressor performance for the advanced PW1000G
The PurePower engine has been selected as exclusive power for
the Bombardier CSeries aircraft and Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
It will also power the first Airbus A320neo aircraft, as well as
the Irkut MC-21 narrow-body jet.