Posted on: 24 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly on the first PurePower PW1217G engine to test for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).
The engine, rated at 17,000 lb of thrust, is the third PurePower PW1000G series engine to complete assembly. It will be delivered to Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach, Florida, facility to initiate testing having gone through a Last Bolt Ceremony at P&W’s Middletown Engine Centre in Connecticut.
“The PurePower engine is an integral part of the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet,” Yukihiko Nakata, senior deputy project manager, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, told Pratt & Whitney employees at the MRJ Last Bolt Ceremony. “We continue to work closely with Pratt & Whitney to integrate the engine with the airframe, and we look forward to getting the initial test results from this first engine to test.”
“Completion of this first engine to test for the PW1200G series is another important milestone for the PurePower engine programme,” remarked Bob Saia, vice-president, Next Generation Product Family. “Ground testing of our first PurePower engine exceeded our expectations, and I predict that testing for this first PW1217G engine will produce similar results.”
The PW1200G engine test program will run a total of eight test engines over the next 24 months. Entry into service is scheduled for 2014.