Posted on: 14 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
TRJet and Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the engine manufacturer to upgrade and supply PW306B engines for TRJet, for use on the TRJ328.
The MoU was signed by (left to right in photo) Dave Jackson, managing director of 328 Support Services (328SSG), Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) German-based subsidiary, and Richard Dussault, vice-president marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Jackson confirmed that TRJet is making good progress in Turkey, with a site identified site in Ankara. “We’ve been working with vendors to reactivate the supply chain and it’s going well, particularly with P&WC. One of the likely upgrades is a replacement of the current cockpit suite,” he remarked. “So the target of entry into service of the TRJ328 by the end of 2017/early 2018 is on schedule.”
Dussault expressed his delight regarding the restart the 328 programme. “It went away too soon,” he commented.
“We need to bring up to date the Service Bulletins and improvements we’ve had over the years on the C and D models of the 306 engine, so the 306B will get a full refresh,” Dussault added. “We’ll also be discussing the power requirements of the PW119 engine for the turboprop version. There is nothing fixed as yet. We may be looking for a bit more power, which may be done on this engine or there could be a new engine.”
Jackson reported that there will be four existing 328 airframes in the development programme, three jets and one turboprop. One will used for engine tests, one for the cockpit, one for obsolescent parts (for example, the previous APU by Honeywell is no longer made, so a new one will have to be tested), while the fourth will be kept in reserve.
Sales-wise, Jackson expects orders for around 250 aircraft over the next few years with a split of around 50 jets and 200 turboprops.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net