MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Operators and fans of Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) PT6 engine may now meet at www.PT6nation.com to share stories and keep up to date on developments. PT6nation.com is the new microsite launched today to leverage evolving social business networks and bring P&WC brand awareness to potential customers and industry partners. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX).
Pratt & Whitney Canada's online presence will extend to Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. The intent behind the creation of PT6nation.com is to create a single space in which to share PT6 stories through words, images and film. "We believe in the importance of personally connecting with our customers and other PT6 enthusiasts in this new environment," said Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
While we are close to our customers and attentive to their needs, PT6 Nation will complement P&WC's global customer service vision, stated Raffaele Virgili, Vice President, Customer Service. "Using this new tool, we will promote our vision of customer service, strengthen our customer focus and further cultivate our relationships around the world."
The PT6A engine's simplicity of design, versatility and dependability has made it one of the most enduring engines in aviation history, with unmatched reliability, performance and value. It is the only small turboprop engine family designed with engine architecture optimized for world-class reliability, low cost of operation and a benchmark reliability rate. The power range of the PT6A family varies from 550 to 1,600 SHP.
Fifty years since the initial test run of the first PT6A turboprop engine, the engine series remains the world's most popular engine in its class, capturing more than 130 applications for business, commuter, helicopters and, utility and trainer aircraft.
The PT6A has constantly evolved with customer needs through the application of innovative technology and in the last 10 years alone P&WC has certified eight PT6A models. P&WC continues to invest in new ways to make its engines more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly and to offer even greater value. It is also working closely with aircraft manufacturers to ensure the best integrated turboprop propulsion system for the next corporate turboprop aircraft programs.
PT6 by the numbers
47 The number of years since the PT6A entered service.
40,000 The number of PT6A engines delivered since 1964.
23,000 The number of PT6A engines in service today.
68 The number of PT6A engine models developed so far.
14,000 Number of aircraft currently operating under PT6A power.
40% Improvement in power-to-weight ratio of today's PT6A over the original model. It is also four times more powerful and 20% more fuel efficient.
325 million The PT6A fleet's flying hours, to date, across more than 130 applications.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928 and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. Pratt & Whitney Canada's engines, with more than 500 million hours in service, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. Pratt & Whitney Canada is firmly committed to ensuring its products are designed, produced and operated to minimize environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 50,000 engines in service on over 25,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 198 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
P&WC has been taking front-line services to the next level ever since it launched its Customer First Centre (CFirst) in 2007. CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles an average 100,000 contacts every year.
Based in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.