With a Strong Order Book, Continued Focus on Execution for the GTF
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Pratt & Whitney continues to be focused on the Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine production and performance. Below are some key facts related to GTF orders:
• Pratt & Whitney has more than 8,000 GTF engines on order.
• Pratt & Whitney’s GTF program entered into service with the A320neo family, and has four other aircraft platforms. The GTF is the only engine that powers the full range of new regional and single aisle platforms across the 70-220 seat size.
• Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, the CS100 and CS300, is powered by the PW1500G engine, part of the GTF family. This aircraft was built for the PW1500G, and opens entirely new markets for the airlines that operate it.
• Most recently, SWISS inaugurated service from Geneva to London City Airport with their C Series – a route that requires highly technical precision and a steep approach that limits the type of aircraft that operate there. The C Series aircraft is now the largest and highest-capacity aircraft serving London City Airport.
• Embraer’s E2 Series is in active flight testing preparing for entry into service in 2018, while the MRJ and MC-21 are in the early phases of flight test activity.
- • To date, Pratt & Whitney has 42 percent of all announced A320neo family orders. This does not include unannounced orders.
As with any new technology, we have had entry-into-service issues and we are focused and committed to minimizing disruption to our customers’ operations. We have action plans in place to resolve the situation. What excites our customers about the GTF is its performance – it is already producing the promised 16 percent fuel burn improvement, producing 50 percent less emissions and creates a 75 percent smaller noise footprint. To date, we estimate our customers have saved more than 12 million gallons of fuel since entry into service.
We remain on track to produce 350-400 GTF family engines this year, and we are also ramping up our engine overhaul capacity and increasing spare engines to support the fleet.
Pratt & Whitney spent 20 years and more than $10 billion developing this revolutionary engine, and we are confident in and committed to the long-term success of the Geared Turbofan family.