United Technologies 2018 Annual Report
Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney has been revolutionizing modern flight for almost a century. The company believes flight is an engine for human progress — connecting people, growing economies and helping to power freedom. The people of Pratt & Whitney are committed to providing the best service possible for customers who rely on them for safe and dependable flight.
Pratt & Whitney has a rich history of innovation, from the industry’s very first air-cooled piston engine in 1925, the Wasp, to today’s revolutionary Geared Turbofan engine. Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine is in a class of its own, driving the efficiency and environmental benefits that airlines need. Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent. The GTF engine powers five aircraft platforms, with the Airbus A220, the Airbus A320neo family and Embraer E190-E2 already in commercial service. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) and Irkut MC-21 are currently undergoing flight testing.
Pratt & Whitney is positioned to shape the next chapter in the history of flight, take innovation to higher levels and turn possibilities into realities. Its priority is to meet the highest standards for satisfied customers, superior products and service, engaged employees, safe work environments, and strong financial results.
Robert F. LeducPresident
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.
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Growing demand for GTF engines
The Geared Turbofan engine had another record-breaking year. Pratt & Whitney celebrated the launch of Embraer’s E2 jets, which are powered exclusively by the GTF engine. First deliveries were made to 13 global airlines, including Air New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and Widerøe. And 12 airlines announced new GTF orders, among which were JetBlue, Middle East Airlines and SWISS, as well as China Aircraft Leasing Group. The GTF engine powers the A320neo family, A220 and Embraer E2 jets, among the most in-demand aircraft in the world.
Taking delivery of its first Airbus A220 powered by the revolutionary GTF engine
Pratt & Whitney joined the celebration as Delta Air Lines accepted delivery late in the year of its first Airbus A220 aircraft powered by the Geared Turbofan engine. Delta became the first A220 operator when it began scheduled service in 2019. Delta initially ordered 75 A220 aircraft with an option for another 50. In early 2019 Delta upped the firm order by an additional 15 A220s. The revolutionary GTF engine offers double-digit improvement in operating costs compared to current generation aircraft. It is up to 20 percent more fuel efficient and provides a 75 percent reduction in noise footprint and NOx emissions 50 percent below the ICAO CAEP 6 regulation.
Growing demand for business jet travel
Pratt & Whitney is setting a new benchmark for long- and ultra-long-range business jet travel. Its PW800 family of engines uses the same core technologies as the Geared Turbofan engine and also delivers higher performance for fuel efficiency, quiet operation and lower emission levels. Among its customers are Gulfstream Aerospace, which has selected the PW800 engine for its new G500/600 business jets, as well as Dassault, which selected the PW812D engine for its all-new Falcon 6X business jet. The Gulfstream G500 business jet, offering greater flexibility and faster flight, entered into service in September with the PW814GA engine.
Powering the world’s most advanced military aircraft
Pratt & Whitney has produced 450 F135 engines since the Joint Strike Fighter program began in early 2010. The F135 engine powers all variants of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft. In 2018 the company signed a contract to supply 135 F135 engines to the U.S. Department of Defense. The F135 delivers the performance and reliability customers demand at an affordable price. Also on the military front, Pratt & Whitney celebrated the first acceptance and delivery of the PW4062-powered KC-46 tanker to the U.S. Air Force.
Expanding service to meet growing demand for the GTF engine
As deliveries of the Geared Turbofan engine accelerate, Pratt & Whitney is expanding its service network of MRO facilities to eight sites by 2020. The facilities are strategically located across three continents, ensuring world-class service for every GTF engine customer, regardless of their location. Current facilities are located in Columbus, Georgia; Alzey, Hamburg and Hannover, Germany; and Mizuho, Japan. Additional MROs will be located in Singapore, Atlanta and Jasionka, Poland.