PT6A, PW100 and PW150 turboprop engines continue to play a key role in the development of the regional airline industry for half a century through their outstanding reliability, durability and exceptional operating economics. The popularity of the P&WC’s turboprop engines continues to grow thanks to their unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness.
Beginning with the 500 to 1,700 shaft horsepower class PT6A engines, powering the first 19 passenger commuter airliners in the 1960s through the 1980s, P&WC’s dominance in the airline turboprop industry has grown to an impressive level. The PW100/150 engine family, whose first model was certified in 1984, has accumulated more than 100 million flight hours, reinforcing its place as the engine of choice for modern turboprop-powered regional aircraft around the world. Offered in 31 models, more than 6,000 PW100 engines have been produced, covering a wide range of power from 1,800 shp to more than 5,000 shp.
PW100/150 engines power airliners produced by ATR of France with the ATR42 and 72 aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace of Canada with the Q100, 200, 300 and 400 series aircraft and Xian Aircraft Company of China with the MA-60. The PW100 engine family’s flexibility has also made it popular for a variety of other applications, such as the Bombardier CL415 forest fire control aircraft and CASA C295 transport aircraft. The PW100/150’s fuel efficiency and low emissions, together with P&WC’s steadfast commitment to continuously inject the latest advanced technologies into its engines, has lead many airlines to renew their fleets with PW100-powered aircraft.
The PurePower™ PW800 and PW1000G set the stage for a new era of advanced turbofan engines, entering service beginning in 2013. Pratt & Whitney has launched PurePower engines – a new family of next-generation commercial and business jet engines that will set a new standard in performance, offering double-digit improvements in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs. The first engines to enter service will be the PurePower PW800 and PurePower PW1000G, formerly referred to as the Geared Turbofan™ engine. PurePower engines will also be capable of operating on alternative fuels.
Operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines are supported by P&WC’s industry-leading global customer support. This includes over 30 P&WC-owned and designated service facilities around the world, more than 100 field support representatives on all major continents, a 24/7 Customer First Centre for rapid expert support, the most advanced diagnostic capabilities for this market and the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry.