EAST HARTFORD, CT – Pratt & Whitney will provide exclusive power for up to 60 new Bombardier CSeries* aircraft ordered by Lufthansa Group as part of a contract announced today. This agreement, which includes 30 firm and 30 option aircraft, follows a Letter of Interest that was announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008. The Bombardier CSeries aircraft is powered by two PurePower PW1000G engines, which target double digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp.
"After watching the development of the Geared Turbofan engine since the very early stages, we are confident that this next generation engine will deliver on its targets of significant reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs," says Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa senior vice president, Corporate Fleet. "The efficiency and environmental performance of the Geared Turbofan engine will be real differentiators for us, our customers and the industry. We are pleased to be able to be among the first airlines to fly this engine on the CSeries."
"Our recently completed ground and flight demonstration program confirmed that our patented Geared Turbofan technology can bring operators 12 to 15 percent engine fuel burn improvements and noise improvements that are more than 20 decibels below today's target," says Todd Kallman, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services. "Having a firm order from Lufthansa demonstrates that the PW1000G-powered CSeries is on track to bring step-change advances in commercial aircraft performance to market in four years."
The announcement marks the second order for the PurePower PW1000G engine, which also powers the Mitsubishi Regional Jet that received its launch order from All Nippon Airways in 2008. Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service in 2013.
Pratt & Whitney has over 16,000 aircraft engines installed with hundreds of airlines around the world. Additionally, Pratt & Whitney is a leading partner 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.