Kalitta Air to Upgrade JT9D Fleet with Pratt & Whitney Durability Kits

SINGAPORE , Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SINGAPORE AIRSHOW -- Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, and Kalitta Air have signed an agreement to upgrade the airline's fleet of JT9D engines with Pratt & Whitney durability kits. The kits, covering 12 upgrades, are valued at more than $25 million over three years; deliveries will begin in March 2008 . Kalitta Air also maintains the option to purchase additional durability kits.

"We are pleased that Pratt & Whitney has made the JT9D-7Q Durability Kit available for installation in our 7Q engine fleet," Richard Bray , Manager of Kalitta Air's Engine Center.

The JT9D-7Q technology upgrade provides increased durability and extended on-wing time for Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines. The durability kit includes new first and second stage turbine blades and vanes and a new second stage turbine seal. The technology upgrade reduces engine maintenance costs and improves fuel burn.

"We are pleased that Kalitta Air has chosen to upgrade its JT9D fleet with Pratt & Whitney durability kits as a cost effective way to extend the life of these engines," said Todd Kallman , president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "These durability kits are another example of how we continue to invest in our products, working with our customers to ensure we provide the best value technology and service offerings for their business." Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Air is a privately held operator providing both scheduled and non-scheduled cargo services. Kalitta Air has a cargo fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft and charter fleet of DC-9 and Boeing 727 aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines has nearly 17,000 aircraft engines in service with hundreds of airlines around the world. Pratt & Whitney is also a leading partner in two joint venture companies to manufacture commercial aircraft engines; the International Aero Engines V2500, which operates on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, and the Engine Alliance GP7200, FAR33 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 commercial building industries.

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