Posted on: 20 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Pratt & Whitney reports that the first flight of the PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries family of aircraft took place on the company’s Boeing 747SP flying testbed at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre on 20 June.
Pratt & Whitney president David Hess announced the news and stated that by the end of the year, the PurePower test engines will have run for more than 2,100 hours.
The company recorded $12.9 billion in sales in 2010, with slightly more than a half of revenues coming from the MRO business, with the remainder coming from OEM operations.
“The big deal was the A320neo,” declared Hess. “We got the first three orders with ILFC, IndiGo and Lufthansa, which led to the PW1100G becoming the lead engine for EIS in late 2015.”
Referring to the competition on the A320neo, Hess commented, “CFM have a great engine but we believe we have a better engine. We believe we have a 20% maintenance cost advantage. And though the gear is important, it mustn’t be forgotten that we have new technology in every stage of the engine.”
Asked if he was disappointed with the CSeries order flow, Hess responded, “Quite honestly, Bombardier is building a nice niche and Airbus and Boeing seem to be looking at larger aircraft. They’ve filled their slots in 2014 and well into 2015.”
Hess also noted that P&W will assembly PurePower engines across a number of sites. “The one for the CSeries will be assembled in Mirabel,” he confirmed. “For the A320neo, there will probably be one in Canada, one in Europe, possibly one in China.”
According to Hess, P&W is still “having interesting discussions with MTU and JAEC” with regards to creating a consortium behind PurePower engines. “Another partnership is being discussed, this time without Rolls-Royce, and there may be an announcement towards the end of the year,” Hess admitted.
In the turboprop market, Hess confirmed that Pratt &Whitney Canada continues to make progress on it Next Generation Regional Turboprop engine aiming to give the company a strong position in the market. “P&WC will have a compressor demo this year and a core demo next year,” he reported.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net