UTC looks to end V2500 commercial production by 2016

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Pratt & Whitney parent company, United Technologies, expects commercial deliveries of its International Aero Engines V2500 powerplant to conclude in 2015 or 2016, as the former joint venture with Rolls-Royce, MTU, and Japanese Aero Engines transitions to an aftermarket role supporting the engines in service.

"As you stop the engine deliveries on the V2500 in 2015, 2016then all you have is an aftermarket stream for the next 30 years," said UTC CFO Greg Hayes on the company's third quarter earnings call 19 October.

UTC and IAE elaborated on Hayes' remarks having said V2500 engines are on order in 2017, though "we may find that some [A320] customers may elect to convert" to A320neo aircraft powered by P&W PW1100G engines which will first deliver in October 2015.

The Airbus A320 family is the only V2500-powered commercial aircraft that remains in production today.

UTC added that the mid-decade halt in V2500 deliveries would only extend to commercial aircraft and Embraer KC-390 tankers, powered by the IAE engine, would not be impacted by any production truncation.

The KC-390 is expected to be certified by the Brazilian Air Force in 2016.