DUBAI 2015: Pratt & Whitney gears up for 3 “historic” months

The next three months are set to be one of the most historic in Pratt & Whitney’s history, according Greg Gernhardt (pictured), the company’s president of commercial engines, with the Airbus A320neo and Bombardier CSeries about to be certified, the Mitsubushi MRJ undergoing its first flight, delivery of the first test engines to Irkut for the MC-21, all led off by the recent first flight of the PW1900G engine for the Embraer E-Jets E2 family.

On the CS100, Gernhardt described the testing of the PW1500G as “pretty much done, with aircraft and engine performing exceedingly well”. The PW1100G-JM engine on the A320neo has been meeting all its objectives on fuel burn. “And we’re already looking to deliver a 2% Advantage package around 2019,” he added.

“Hitting all performance levels at entry into service is no mean feat,” Gernhardt declared, noting that the programme has racked up 7,000 orders with more than 70 customers across the five aircraft platforms.

Asked about the planned rate of production of the engines in 2019 when Airbus plans to produce 60 A320neo family aircraft a month, Gernhardt replied, “We’ve worked closely with Airbus, so we know that we’ll be able to hit those targets. And if Embraer also ramped up there’s always a bit of leeway to add a few more.” Next year, he expects approximately 200 PW1000G family engines to be produced and the rate should by up at 800 a year by the end by 2018.

As for the V2500 programme, Gernhardt said 480 engines will be produced this year, and he still expects production of 400 next year. “I think the switching of resources from that line to the PW1000G line will probably begin in 2017,” he remarked.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/
Dubai, UAE

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