DUBAI: Pratt & Whitney geared up to deliver fuel savings

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Engine market Pratt & Whitney believes data from the three geared turbofan engines it is working on shows they will meet or even exceed their promised fuel burn reductions.

David Brantner, president of Pratt & Whitney commercial engines, says that testing on engines for the Bombardier CSeries, Mitsubishi MRJ and Airbus A320neo is producing some impressive results.

“We are so pleased with the development testing that we so far, we have never been this close to spec in a development programme,” he says.

“We can confidently say at this point, on every geared turbofan platform Pratt & Whitney will enter into service with a product that meets or exceeds the fuel burn specifications as promised.”

The manufacturer is working particularly hard on completing the development of the PW1100G-JM for the A320neo. The engine now undergoing Block 2 testing ahead of its first delivery to Airbus in the second quarter of 2014, with certification set for the following quarter.

“We will enter into service at or better than our fuel burn spec promise to Airbus,” says Brantner.

P&W is also planning to deliver the first PW1200G engines for the MRJ early next year. Brantner adds that despite the recently announced delay to the programme, the company is “right in line to support their aircraft schedule.”