Posted on: 31 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
In the largest order in 50 years, Pratt & Whitney booked an order for 300 engines when IndiGo opted to take 150 A320neos and optioned 30 more for a potential engine order of 400 engines, according to Pratt & Whitney president Dave Hess who announced the order at the start of the company’s media day.
In response to a question about whether Indigo had converted its original Memorandum of Understanding to a firm order, Hess slightly dodged the question but said, “I consider it a firm order.”
Vice-president new generation product family, Bob Saia, concurred, noting it was a binding agreement. “Indigo already operates the A320 with the V2500 engines so it is already a customer,” he added.
The company was all geared up to show off its PurePower GTF with the second engine on the test stand here. Indeed, Saia and Hess opened the event with a live video feed from the C-11 test stand with the engine being tested in the background and the voice levels of the two executives communicating over the live feed at normal levels, despite the test under way near Saia.
By afternoon when another set was scheduled to show off the quiet engine, a fuel leak prompted cancellation. However, Saia briefed reporters, saying that the first Mitsubishi MRJ engine had its last-bolt ceremony the previous week and was in the process of being shipped to P&W’s West Palm Beach facility.
Hess would not discuss the value of the IndiGo order. With this selection, Pratt & Whitney now has more than 1,200 PW1000G engines on order, including options.
IndiGo also chose Pratt & Whitney to provide maintenance for the PurePower engines that have been gaining success beyond the Bombardier CSeries that had given the engine its first legs.
In addition to the MRJ, the PurePower1000G is also slated for the Irkut MS-21. Hess indicated that the company is also meeting with Embraer and Chinese manufacturers. Indeed, he said discussions cover offering a second engine type on the COMAC C919, re-engining, perhaps the ARJ21, and for clean-sheet designs.
“Getting the GTF on the large narrowbody cements the credentials of the NextGen product family,” he said. “It gives us the ability to take back our share of the market. Airbus expects to sell 4,000 aircraft and we expect to win half the engines.”
“The PurePower engine’s benefits will allow us to make dramatic improvements in environmental performance with reduced emissions and significant savings in fuel consumption,” said IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh. “We are very pleased to extend these benefits to our customers, as they select IndiGo as India’s greenest carrier.”
Each IndiGo Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared to today’s engines.
Kathryn Creedy, US correspondent, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
West Palm Beach, FL, USA