Thu, Feb 21, 2008
Uprated Turbofan Will Enter Service In 2009
Pratt & Whitney's first PW4000-100" Advantage70 development
engine has completed initial ground testing in East Hartford, CT.
The engine, which will deliver 70,000 pounds of thrust for the A330
aircraft family, will begin flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's
747 flying test bed in the second quarter 2008.
The first PW4000 engines with the Advantage70 technology upgrade
are scheduled to enter into service in 2009.
"We are proud to bring our customers closer to realizing the
benefits of this technology upgrade for the reliable PW4000-100"
engine," said Mike Field, vice president, Pratt & Whitney
Operational Commercial Engines. "Advantage70 will offer additional
thrust, fuel efficiency and lower maintenance cost for the A330
family. The upgrade also brings significant environmental
improvements by reducing CO2 emissions by 650 tonnes per aircraft,
per year compared to today's A330 aircraft."
The A330-200 and A330-300 passenger aircraft will be the first
to fly PW4000-100" engines with Advantage70 in mid-2009. Flyington
Freighters, the launch customer for the A330-200F, also selected
the Advantage70 to power its new aircraft, which are scheduled to
enter into service in late 2009.
Pratt & Whitney states the Advantage70 technology upgrade
delivers enhanced engine performance, increased thrust, lower fuel
consumption, increased durability and reduced maintenance
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