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Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:46 am

In case your interested, Pratt&Whitney just completed their first production A318 engine (and they just completed their JSF engine too). Pratt has been rather quiet on the commercial front with much of the press going to the engines from Rolls-Royce and GE going on the 787, but Pratt is still a big player in commercial aviation.

Press Release
Source: Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines Complete First Production PW6000
Friday September 22, 9:23 am ET


EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX - News), and MTU Aero Engines have completed assembly of the first production PW6000 for the Airbus A318. The engine, finished at MTU's facility in Langenhagen, Germany, will power the first A318 delivered to LAN Airlines of Chile.

"The ramp up to production of the PW6000 has gone very well and delivery of the first engines to Airbus is on schedule," said Tom Pelland, PW6000 program director for Pratt & Whitney. "The completion of the first production PW6000 demonstrates the continued momentum of this program and is a testament to the excellent collaboration between Pratt & Whitney, MTU and MHI."

MTU of Germany produces the PW6000's high pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. MHI of Japan provides the engine's diffuser module. The PW6000 is designed to provide the lowest total cost of ownership for the 100-passenger aircraft market and offers a thrust range of 18,000 to 24,000 pounds. The engine was designed for long on-wing time and reliability in the demanding, high-cycle operating environment of the single- aisle aircraft. The design of the engine provides the highest level of maintainability on-wing, critical in a market segment with very short turn times between flights. The PW6000 meets or exceeds all existing worldwide environmental regulations as well as currently known standards that will apply in the future. In December 2005, the PW6000 achieved European Aviation Safety Administration certification on the A318.

PW6000 launch customer LAN Airlines has ordered 44 engines with the potential for up to 78 total engines if all options are exercised. Several additional customers are currently evaluating PW6000-powered A318 aircraft and A318 Elite business jets.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries.


http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060922/nef010.html?.v=67
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:15 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Thread starter):
delivery of the first engines to Airbus is on schedule

Ha Ha. Which schedule is this?
The PW6000 was the lead engine on the A319, and they have been flying in here for ages.
 
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 1):
The PW6000 was the lead engine on the A319, and they have been flying in here for ages.

I take it you mean A318

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 1):
Ha Ha. Which schedule is this?

Yeah, this is anything but on schedule. BA and HP cancelled their A318 orders because of how bad the delays were and performance was for the PW6000
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:11 am

Now that the A318 will have a P&W engine available, does anyone forsee United ordering the A318? Not that I would suggest it, from everything I have heard, it is too heavy for its size.

[Edited 2006-09-22 21:12:37]
 
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Eng

Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:15 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Thread starter):
Pratt&Whitney just completed their first production A318 engine



Quoting RoseFlyer (Thread starter):
PW6000 launch customer LAN Airlines has ordered 44 engines with the potential for up to 78 total engines if all options are exercised. Several additional customers are currently evaluating PW6000-powered A318 aircraft and A318 Elite business jets.

And about time too or even LAN Chile may lose interest. As to the "several" I wonder who else besides Comlux, Jet Alliance and NAS are still "currently" considering. Anyone for LCY?

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
how bad the delays were and performance was for the PW6000

The blurb went on a lenght about the reliability, maintainability and environment friendliness of the engine but only gave a vague "lowest total cost of ownership for the 100-passenger aircraft market" minus more telling performance figures that could make the A318 more attractive to potential buyers. Anyway, P&W has a winner engine in the PW600 for the VLJs, and no doubt this PW6122A iteration is better than the original. Great that we could soon(?) see LAN A318s flying.

[Edited 2006-09-22 21:25:24]
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:35 am

Just how late is the engine? I seem to recall BA ordering PW powered 318s only to convert to 319s when the engine was delayed. Was that in the 90's?

Who knows the exact number of days delay for the engine? Might seem like a drop in the ocean compared to the total delay of the 380
 
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:26 am

The A318's sales have been anything but eye catching. I am sure Pratt & Whitney would prefer to be releasing 787 or 380 press releases right now.
 
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RE: Pratt & Whitney Completes Their First A318 Engine

Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:38 am

Quoting AirFrnt (Reply 6):
The A318's sales have been anything but eye catching. I am sure Pratt & Whitney would prefer to be releasing 787 or 380 press releases right now.

Well they did just release a presss release about the F119 engine, which is far more lucrative than the 787 or A380 since it is for the JSF and will see huge production numbers.
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