PARIS , June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- TAM Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney PW4000-100" engines to power the airline's new A330 aircraft in a deal valued at more than US$345 million. The contract includes installed and spare engines for six firm A330-200 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"The Pratt & Whitney PW4000 provides excellent performance for the A330 making it a good solution for our new aircraft," said Marco Bologna, president, TAM Linhas Aereas, S.A.
The PW4000-100" engines are covered by an exclusive 12-year service agreement provided by Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners. Sao Paulo, Brazil, based TAM Airlines currently operates five A330s with Pratt & Whitney PW4168A model engines.
"TAM has been a very successful airline in Latin America and a market leader in Brazil and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with TAM Airlines by powering their new long-haul fleetexpansion," said Todd Kallman, president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.
The PW4170 model engines with Advantage70(TM) deliver the best combination of aircraft performance for the A330 family of aircraft. The Advantage70 technology upgrade delivers enhanced engine performance, lower fuel consumption, increased durability and reduced maintenance costs.
Pratt & Whitney has over 17,000 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.
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 building industries.
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TAM Airlines currently operates eleven A330s with Pratt & Whitney PW4168A model engines and two A330s with Pratt & Whitney PW4170 model engines.
The engine will start a series of development tests leading to planned Federal Aviation Administration engine certification in August 2008.
The contract includes installed and spare engines for two firm A330-200 aircraft and a 12-year service agreement provided by Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners.
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