Posted on: 11 April 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Pratt & Whitney and Russia’s Irkut Corporation have signed a contract for the companies to begin preliminary design activities on the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1400G engine to power the Irkut MS-21 aircraft.
The contract represents the beginning of the development of the third airframe application for the PurePower engine family. Irkut plans to develop the MS-21 as a family of 150- to 210-passenger aircraft with the first flight planned for 2014 and entry into service in 2016.
"We are pleased to work with Irkut to offer the many economic and environmental benefits of the PurePower engine to the MS-21 aircraft," said Todd Kallman, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services. "Our geared turbofan engine architecture offers unprecedented advantages in the reduction of fuel burn, noise, emissions and operating costs. We believe our engine offers the best benefits possible to Irkut’s potential customers and provides a competitive advantage."
With core testing in progress and full engine testing scheduled this summer for the engine’s first applications, the PurePower engine programme fully supports the Irkut MS-21 development timeline.