FARNBOROUGH, England, July 13 /CNW/ -- FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- Pratt &
Whitney's Geared Turbofan engine will power Lufthansa's new Bombardier CSeries
aircraft. Lufthansa has signed a Letter of Interest for up to 60 of the new
mainline jet, including 30 firm and 30 optional aircraft. The announcement
marks the launch of the CSeries program, which is exclusively powered by the
next-generation Geared Turbofan engine. Pratt & Whitney is a division of
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"The fuel efficiency and environmental performance of the Geared Turbofan
engine are real differentiators for the CSeries and we are proud to be among
the first airlines to fly this aircraft," said Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa senior
vice president, Corporate Fleet. "After watching the development of the
Geared Turbofan engine since the very early stages, we are confident that this
next generation engine will deliver on its targets of double digit reductions
in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs."
The announcement marks the second order for the Geared Turbofan engine,
which also powers the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Both aircraft are scheduled to
enter service in 2013.
"Lufthansa is one of the world's leading airlines and we are delighted to
deliver the environmental performance and economic value of the Geared
Turbofan engine to support their fleet expansion," said Pratt & Whitney
President Steve Finger. "The Geared Turbofan engine delivers the
game-changing improvements in fuel burn, environment performance and operating
costs that airlines are demanding. Market reaction has been extremely
positive and we look forward to announcing additional orders later this year."
A full-scale Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine recently completed a
250-hour ground test program and is scheduled for flight testing this month.
The Geared Turbofan engine uses a patented gear system to allow the engine's
fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and
turbine. The result is a step-change improvement in fuel efficiency and a
slower fan speed for much lower noise. The Geared Turbofan engine is an all
new centerline engine that includes next generation technology in every major
Pratt & Whitney has over 16,000 aircraft engines installed with hundreds
of airlines around the world. Additionally, Pratt & Whitney is a leading
partner in two joint venture companies that manufacture commercial aircraft
engines: International Aero Engines, which makes the V2500 for the Airbus A320
family of aircraft, and the Engine Alliance, whose GP7200 engine is FAR 33
certified for the new Airbus A380.
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
This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning anticipated
business opportunities that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include changes in the
health of the global economy and the aerospace industry. For information
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technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's 10-K, 10-Q and
other reports filed with the SEC.
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