Pratt & Whitney PurePower(TM) PW1000G Engine Begins Flight Testing



    FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14 /CNW/ -- FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- Pratt &
Whitney's PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine successfully completed its
first flight on July 11 launching a flight test program that will run through
the end of 2008.  The PurePower PW1000G engine -- formerly referred to as the
Geared Turbofan(TM) engine -- flew for more than 30 minutes on Pratt &
Whitney's 747SP fly test bed at the company's flight test facility in
Plattsburg, N.Y.  Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp.
(NYSE:   UTX).
    
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080714/NEM040 )
    
    "The PurePower PW1000G engine performed flawlessly and we are excited to
build on the success of our ground testing as we begin the flight test phase
of this demonstration program," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation
Product Family, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.  "As airlines face rising
fuel prices and growing environmental pressures, they are watching the
development of the PW1000G engine very carefully.  The engine continues to
meet or exceed all pre-test targets and we are excited to bring this value to
our customers."
    The PurePower PW1000G engine flight test program will run in two phases.
The first phase will run for approximately 40 hours on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP
flying test bed.  This phase will focus on engine performance and nacelle
system validation.  After completing phase one, the engine will be shipped to
Airbus in Toulouse, France, and installed on an Airbus-owned A340 flight test
aircraft.  Phase two, which is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter and
include approximately 75 flight hours, will continue engine performance and
operation testing while providing valuable installation and acoustics data.
    The PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine completed a 250-hour ground
test program in May.  The ground testing focused on engine performance, design
validation and ground-level acoustic testing with a flight-capable nacelle
system.  The ground test program is in addition to thousands of hours of
development testing accumulated on 16 technology rigs at Pratt & Whitney and
partner facilities around the world.
    In 2007, Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1000G engine was selected as the
exclusive power for the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the proposed
Bombardier CSeries.  The Mitsubishi Regional Jet program announced its first
customer on March 28, 2008, with an order from All Nippon Airways.  The
CSeries program is expected to launch later this year.  Both aircraft are
scheduled to enter service in 2013.
    The PW1000G engine targets double-digit reductions in fuel burn,
environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs for the next
generation of commercial aircraft.  The PW1000G engine uses Geared
Turbofan(TM) technology where a state-of-the-art gear system allows 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 PurePower PW1000G engine is an all
new centerline engine that includes next generation technology in every major
module.
    Pratt & Whitney has over 16,000 aircraft engines installed with hundreds
of airlines around the world. Additionally, Pratt & Whitney is a leading
participant 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
building industries.
    This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning future
business opportunities and other matters involving this engine 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
strength of end market demand in the aerospace industry; as well as company
specific items including the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned
levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of
advanced technologies including this engine, and new products including the
engine discussed in this press release; and delays and disruption in delivery
of materials and services from suppliers. For information identifying other
important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive
and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time,
including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q
Reports under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and
"Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well
as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K.

    
    Matthew Perra                            Jennifer Whitlow
    Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines       Pratt & Whitney
    Int'l Mobile: +1.860.595.6515            Int'l Mobile: +1.860.214.7502
    matthew.perra@pw.utc.com                 jennifer.whitlow@pw.utc.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Matthew Perra, Pratt & Whitney Commercial
Engines, Int'l Mobile: +1-860-595-6515, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com, or Jennifer
Whitlow, Pratt & Whitney, Int'l Mobile: +1-860-214-7502,
jennifer.whitlow@pw.utc.com Web Site: http://www.pratt-whitney.com

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