Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Boosts Government Satellite into Orbit

CANOGA PARK, Calif., March 11, 2011 – In another display of its commitment to national security, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today successfully helped boost a satellite for the U.S. government from Cape Canaveral Air Force station, Fla.  The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s RS-68 booster engine and an RL10B-2 upper-stage engine.  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

“This is a proud moment for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, knowing our engines are providing the heavy-lift capabilities needed to place this government asset into space,” said Dan Adamski, RS-68 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.  “We congratulate our United Launch Alliance customer on another successful launch, and look forward to working together in the future.”

Christine Cooley, RL10 program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, said, “The successful placement of the satellite into orbit by the RL10B-2 upper-stage engine would not be possible without the unwavering commitment of the RL10 team and its dedication to 100 percent mission success.  I want to personally thank the team for their dedication and attention to detail.”

The RS-68 is a hydrogen-fueled engine designed for heavy-lift with 758,000 pounds of vacuum thrust and 663,000 pounds of sea-level thrust.  The RL10B-2 is a cryogenic upper-stage engine that provides 465 seconds of specific impulse and 24,750 pounds of thrust.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is headquartered in Canoga Park, Calif., and has facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Stennis Space Center, Miss.  For more information about Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, go to

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.



Turkish Airlines (THY), the national carrier of Turkey, has again selected the International Aero Engines AG V2500 SelectOne™ engine to power its A320 family aircraft. IAE will deliver 10 firm engines in 2013.

This follow-on order is valued at up to $200 million and will power A321 aircraft.

“We have been very pleased with the exceptional relationship we share with International Aero Engines, as well as the performance of its V2500 engine,” said Mr Hamdi Topçu, Chairman of Turkish Airlines. “It has helped us to maintain our reputation that reinforces our image as a leader in one of the most demanding aviation markets.”

THYs fleet currently operates in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The airline has been a V2500 operator since 2004 and this is the fourth time they have selected IAE.

“We believe that THY has again expressed its satisfaction with the V2500’s performance through this follow-on agreement,” said Ian Aitken, president of IAE. “This is another example of how our focus on our customer satisfaction, reliability, maintainability and efficiency play a key role in IAE being a leader in the global engine market.”

The V2500 SelectOne™ build standard delivers an additional one percent fuel burn advantage, along with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. It improves time-on-wing by up to 20 percent, and will be compliant with the most stringent CAEP/6 NOx standards. It entered service on schedule in October 2008.

IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Rolls-Royce (RR.L.), Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. There are more than 5,500 V2500s in service or on firm order with more than 170 customers around the world.

IAE Board of Directors Announces Extension of Collaboration Agreement

EAST HARTFORD, CT — International Aero Engines AG’s (IAE) Executive Board of Directors has announced the extension of its collaboration agreement to 2045. IAE is a multi-national aircraft engine consortium comprised of Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.

“We are pleased with the extension of the IAE collaboration agreement to 2045,” said Ian Aitken, IAE’s President and CEO. “Our employees and suppliers have worked diligently to provide best-in-class engine performance, service and support for our V2500 customers.”

At a recent gathering, the IAE shareholders jointly reiterated their commitment to IAE, noting that the organization has provided outstanding engines and support services to global airline customers for over two decades.

“After 27 years, we continue to be the industry leader for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft,” Aitken noted. “Our substantial investment and ability to develop and apply our technology will contribute to our success as we produce these engines for many years to come.”

Formed in 1983, IAE produces the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced engine in its class, the V2500. With more than 190 customers in over 70 countries around the world, the IAE V2500 continues to attract customers as today’s most cost-effective engine on the A320 family.

The V2500 is available in seven different thrust settings, from 22,000 to 33,000lb, to power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 family of aircraft, as well as the Airbus Corporate Jetliner. IAE’s in-service fleet has doubled in the last five years and is the third largest engine program currently in production. Nearly 6,500 V2500 engines are in service or on firm order with the worldwide fleet accumulating more than 85 million flying hours.

IAE is a global aero engine consortium whose shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.

Source: International Aero Engines

Goodrich décroche un contrat avec Airbus pour l’A320 Neo

mercredi 9 mars 2011 17h10

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Goodrich a annoncé mercredi avoir été retenu par Airbus pour concevoir certaines parties d’un des moteurs qui équipera la nouvelle version remotorisée de son A320, l’A320neo.

L’équipementier aéronautique américain construira la nacelle et les inverseurs de poussée du moteur fourni par Pratt & Whitney, une filiale de United Technologies, pour certains A320 Neo.

Goodrich fournit déjà la nacelle -un équipement qui entoure et protège le moteur- pour la version de l’A320 commercialisée actuellement par le constructeur aéronautique européen, filiale du groupe EADS.

La remotorisation de cet avion devra permettre de réduire sa consommation de carburant.

Karen Jacobs, Myriam Rivet pour le service français, édité par Nicolas Delame

Cobham Receives Five-Year, US $45M Long-Term Agreement from Pratt & Whitney for Advanced Composite Products

8 March, 2011

SAN DIEGO, California – Cobham has received a five-year, US $45 million longterm
agreement from Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company,
to manufacture advanced composite products for multiple military aircraft
engine applications.
Cobham will produce advanced, medium and high temperature composite
structures for both the F135 and F119 engines at the company’s state-of-the-art
production facilities in San Diego, California and Suffolk, Virginia.
“We are proud to have this opportunity to grow our excellent working
relationship with Pratt & Whitney, and have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney
to provide assured manufacturing capabilities for their F135 engine,” said
Jeremy Wensinger, president of Cobham Defence Systems division. “This long
term agreement represents an important step in realizing our growth plans, and
will be establishing dual manufacturing lines in both San Diego and Suffolk to
preclude any natural or man-made disasters from taking down the production
Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system is the engine of choice for the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth generation, advanced, single-engine
tactical fighter. The F135 is the derivative of the proven F119 engine, the
technologically advanced turbofan engine exclusively powering the U.S. Air
Force’s F-22 Raptor.
Cobham has been a key supplier to Pratt & Whitney for more than five years for
a variety of composite applications for both military and commercial aircraft

About Cobham Defense Systems:
Cobham Defence Systems division designs, develops and manufactures critical
technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling
transmission and management of information for the digital battlefield. Cobham
radar products, specialist antennas and microwave subsystems play critical roles
in many of the world’s major defence systems and platforms, including the
Aegis radar system, F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Standard Missile.
The Defence Systems Division also provides specialist scientific, systems
engineering and technical assistance (SETA) services to Intelligence and Missile
Defence agencies.

Pratt and Whitney Canada Delivers First PT6C-67E Production Engine for the Eurocopter EC175 Helicopter

MAR 6, 2011 – 10:01 ET

HELI-EXPO, ORLANDO, FLORIDA–(Marketwire – March 6, 2011) – Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has delivered its first PT6C-67E production engine for the Eurocopter EC175 helicopter, a medium-size utility helicopter for multi-role civilian and parapublic applications. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

« This first production engine marks another milestone in our relationship with Eurocopter, » said Richard Dussault, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. « The first flight of the second EC175 prototype helicopter took place last December, and certification of both the engine and helicopter is slated for the second half of 2011. Entry into service is planned for 2012. »

P&WC announced the selection of the new-generation PT6 turboshaft engine family. It incorporates all the lessons learned from millions of hours of PT6 field operation and experience, as well as the latest technology, to provide unparalleled durability and reliable performance. It also features the latest technology dual-channel FADEC control system to optimize pilot workload.

« In keeping with P&WC’s green-engine philosophy, the PT6C-67E engine has removed materials of concern, such as cadmium and chromium, from the manufacturing and design processes, » noted Dussault. « The engine also includes new combustor technologies to provide reliable starting with excellent emissions, especially low NOx levels, and very low smoke levels. »

The PT6C-67E engine uses a reverse flow combustor and features a proven high-efficiency compressor and the latest material and hot section design technologies while maintaining an uncooled CT stage. This optimizes reliability, durability, mission performance, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) levels and purchase, operating and maintenance costs.

P&WC customer service

P&WC is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of its ESP® plan this year, with more than 1,000 operators and 3,000 engines enjoying the benefits of membership.

In addition to the most advanced engine technology available, Pratt & Whitney Canada brings world-class customer service backed by a worldwide network of more than 100 field support representatives (FSRs), distribution centres in key locations around the world and more than 80 mobile repair technicians; a broad pool of rental and exchange engines; a customized Fleet Management Program (FMP®) and Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP); comprehensive warranty coverage; as well as an extensive Customer Service Network with more than 30 facilities around the world.

P&WC and the helicopter industry

Since the 1970s, P&WC has produced more than 12,000 engines for the helicopter market, accumulating more than 43 million flying hours. The company has certified 31 models for more than 25 applications and engines destined for the helicopter industry.

We continue to make significant investment in our market-leading PW200 and PT6 turboshaft families of engines. Our outlook remains strong and we continue to direct our R&D investments toward customer-driven initiatives that target outstanding performance and reliability, optimal power-to-weight ratio, fuel burn, operating economics and environmental performance.

Pratt and Whitney to Deliver First JT8D-219 Engine for Re-engined Joint STARS Aircraft

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., March 3, 2011 – Pratt & Whitney will deliver its first reconfigured JT8D-219 engine, to Northrop Grumman later this month as part of the U.S. Air Force’s re-engined E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft program. This delivery comes on the heels of FAA certification of several modifications to the engine. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

“This delivery is yet another notable milestone in the long history of the JT8D engine,” said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. “The JT8D-219 engine will enable a re-engined Joint STARS aircraft to operate with more thrust, while consuming less fuel, compared to the TF33 engines originally installed. This gives the Joint STARS aircraft higher operational altitude and longer mission duration, while significantly reducing the maintenance burden of the older engines. It’s a win-win proposition for our U.S. Air Force customer.”

Among the engine’s configuration modifications are: a nickel high-pressure compressor rotor system that provides enhanced corrosion resistance, external changes to accommodate mounting the engine under the aircraft’s wing, an enhanced bleed override system, and higher load-carrying towershaft and gearbox elements to accommodate increased power extraction.

If the U.S. Air Force chooses to retrofit its entire Joint STARS fleet, production quantities could be in excess of 80 engines. The JT8D-219 engine is assembled and tested in Pratt & Whitney’s Middletown, Conn., facility.

The current commercial JT8D-219 engine with external modifications has been certified to support B707 re-engining via the Supplemental Type Certificate approved by the FAA for Pratt & Whitney’s Joint Venture partner, Seven Q Seven. Seven Q Seven is a San Antonio, Texas-based company that converts and upgrades aircraft, primarily Boeing 707s, for commercial and military support applications. The E-8C is a modified B707-300.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Avio: 4 Billion Euro Agreement for New Pratt & Whitney Engine

RIVALTA DI TORINO, Italy — Avio has signed a Long Term Supply Agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the Pure Power PW1500G, a green engine that consumes less fuel with low-noise and emissions impact, destined for the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft (110-130 seats). The contract is worth over 4 billion euros for Avio over the next 20-25 years.

The PW1500G is the first engine in the PurePower family with a revolutionary Geared Turbofan™ architecture. The Fan Drive Gear System produced by both Avio and Pratt & Whitney, allows the large fan and low-pressure turbine to run at different speeds, reducing the number of rotating stages and airfoils compared to direct drive engines. This PW1500G architecture makes it possible to obtain greater levels of efficiency and double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, with a distinct reduction in emissions (-50% NOx, -16% CO²) and in operational noise (more than 50% less).

Besides the Fan Drive Gear System, Avio will produce the accessory drive gearbox and the Mid-Turbine Frame, one of the main static structures of the engine. Avio also has rights to participate in the engine’s maintenance and repair operations (MRO) network.

For Avio, entering this programme represents the crowning achievement of years of study and investment with Pratt & Whitney, and in the European area, which has brought about, among other objectives, the accomplishment in the past years of the Fan Drive Gear System used for the Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine, which subsequently led to the launch of the PW1500G engine. This path will continue with Fan Drive Gear Systems of very high power for next-generation engines.

The new Bombardier CSeries aircraft, powered by the PW1500G engine, will enter into service in 2013. The CSeries aircraft programme has already acquired orders for 90 aircraft, with 90 options, from three customers, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Lease Corporation International Group and Republic Airways Holdings. In the next 20-25 years, Avio foresees the sale of over 3,000 engines, including spare engines to power over 1,400 aircraft.

The first prototypes, produced in Avio’s industrial plants of Rivalta di Torino (Turin) and Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples), will be delivered in November 2011.

Avio is an international aerospace group, headquartered in Turin, Italy. Founded in 1908, it is present on 4 continents with commercial offices and 9 industrial production plants. It has 5,200 employees, of which about 4,500 work in Italy. Company revenues in 2009 were € 1.7 billion. The Group operates in 5 main business areas: i) Aeronautical, ii) Space, iii) MRO and Services, iv) Aeroderivative Gas Turbines for Marine and Industrial use, v) Control & Automation Systems and Electrical Systems. It is active in the field of technological R&D through a collaboration network with 24 Italian and international universities and research centres.

All Nippon Airways Selects Pratt & Whitney for Long-term Maintenance and Materials Agreement Valued at $1 Billion

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, and All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced today the signing of a 10-year part repair and material management agreement valued at more than $1 billion. Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners will provide the services to PW4000 engines powering ANA’s Boeing 777 fleet.

« ANA and Pratt & Whitney have built a very long and strong relationship together. Since the PW4000 engine entered into service at ANA in 1995 we have been very happy with Pratt & Whitney’s continuous efforts to meet ANA’s needs for this engine, » said Mr. Hiroyuki Ito, ANA Board of Directors member and ANA Engineering Maintenance executive vice president.

« It is a fundamental principle within ANA’s Corporate Policy to prioritize safety and the maintenance of engine components to the highest standards is part of this commitment. This agreement is consistent with ANA’s commitment to safety and we are proud to enter into this program with Pratt & Whitney. »

« ANA has a long history of proactive management of their fleets, and is very serious about controlling costs while maintaining the highest level of reliability and operational excellence, » said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services president. « Using our OEMRO approach, we will provide additional knowledge and experience that will enhance maintenance, repair and material logistics support to ANA through our Pratt & Whitney Materials International and Global Service Partners networks. »

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, All Nippon Airways is one of the largest airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. It operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and 28 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. on its fleet of 228 aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

Trans States Holdings Signed Purchase Agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft for 100 MRJ Aircraft on Dec 27, 2010

NAGOYA, Japan — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation finalized and executed a definitive Purchase Agreement with Trans States Holdings (TSH) for an order of 100 next-generation Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft (50 firm, 50 options) on December 27, 2010.

TSH President Richard A. Leach visited Japan to attend the reception ceremony held on February 1st 2011 in Nagoya celebrating the definitive Purchase Agreement. Since the announcement of the LOI in October 2009, TSH and Mitsubishi Aircraft have been constantly exchanging views and strengthening the relationship. Both parties are pleased to conclude the definitive Purchase Agreement of the MRJ – the game-changing next-generation regional jet.

TSH, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is an airline holding company that owns and operates three independent airlines, Trans States Airlines, GoJet Airlines, and Compass Airlines, all of which have significant regional operations in North America. TSH is entrusted with feeder services for United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways.

TSH President Richard A. Leach said, “We have been very excited about the MRJ program for a long time, and we are extremely pleased to conclude this major order on December 27 last year reaffirming the 100 aircraft commitment we made with our LOI. Since that launch order, we have learned a lot about the quality of the Mitsubishi Aircraft team and the quality of the MRJ aircraft. Both have given us great confidence. In addition, many good things have happened with the MRJ itself. Mitsubishi Aircraft has entered the production drawing phase for the MRJ and continues to proceed with the manufacturing process.

“We are the first airline outside of Japan to purchase this exciting new aircraft, and we will be the first to place it into service in the US. We believe that the MRJ is a game-changing regional jet with its incredibly fuel efficient next generation Pratt & Whitney “PurePower” geared-turbofan engines, together addressing the vital needs of the environment, as well as the critical needs of passengers and airline operators. The MRJ will reduce fuel consumption, noise and NOx emissions—this means savings on operating costs. By combining the largest cabin in the regional jet market with the innovative seat design and very quiet cabin, we will be able to offer our passengers the best comfort of any regional jet.

“As the largest privately owned regional airline holding company in America, we offer more than 500 daily flights servicing 93 cities and transport over 8 million passengers annually. We believe that the MRJ will be the ideal aircraft to provide the seamless quality of excellent service for mainline carriers they want and thus we anxiously look forward to the day when we will be operating this spectacular 21st Century regional jet on our routes. ”

Mitsubishi Aircraft President Hideo Egawa said, “Concluding this major order with TSH, the leading company in United States, on December 27 last year has given confidence to our MRJ program. Customers around the world have high expectations for the MRJ. This will be an exceptional, ‘game changing’ aircraft of the 21st Century. Expectations and operational requirements are particularly high in the large and important U.S. market, where there are many routes with airlines operating 50- to 100-seat regional jets.”

Egawa added, “We expect the MRJ to be an aircraft that will truly contribute to improved competitiveness and profitability for the airlines, and also open the door to a greater number of airports at which the MRJ can be operated.”

This order concluded on December 27 last year, combined with the June 2010 order for 25 aircraft (15 firm, 10 options) from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., brings the current number of orders for the MRJ to 125 aircraft (65 firm, 60 options). Numerous other carriers around the world are expressing growing interest and enthusiasm for the MRJ.

Established in 1998, Trans States Holdings, Inc. is the largest privately held regional airline holding company in America and the parent company of three regional airlines, Trans States Airlines, GoJet Airlines and Compass Airlines. Trans States Airlines, established in 1982 as Resort Air, currently operates as United Express and US Airways Express. The current fleet of 50-seat Embraer regional jets served nearly 2.2 million passengers in 2010.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation commenced operation on April 1, 2008 to conduct the design, type certification, procurement, sales & marketing and customer support of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The MRJ is a family of 70- to 90- seat next-generation regional jet which will offer both top-class operational economy and outstanding cabin comfort. As of April 2010, Mitsubishi Aircraft is capitalized at 100 billion yen, with financing furnished by, among others, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.