Pratt & Whitney has secured a lucrative deal with United Parcel Service (UPS) to power 60 additional Airbus A300-600F freighters with PW4158 engines, beating off competition from the General ElectricCF6-80C2. The Louisville, Kentucky-based package carrier is understood to have already signed a contract with P&W for 120 engines plus spares, but is not formally announcing the deal for financial reasons until early next year. UPS ordered 60 freighters in January for delivery between 2003 and 2006 and took options on a further 50. The airline has already taken delivery of 18 aircraft from an earlier order for 30 PW4158-powered A300-600Fs, but decided to re-tender the supply of engines for the additional 60 aircraft.
Source: Flight International