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Fri, Jun 08, 2012

Pratt & Whitney Signs Contract With Irkut To Power MC-21

PW1400G Will Be Sole Western Powerplant On New Narrowbody

Pratt & Whitney and Russia's Irkut Corporation today signed a definitive agreement to offer the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1400G engine on Irkut's MC-21 family of aircraft. This secures the PurePower engine as the only western powerplant offered on the new narrow body program. Pratt & Whitney and Irkut Corporation selected Short Brothers plc, a subsidiary of Bombardier Aerospace of Canada, as the exclusive nacelle provider for the PW1400G engine family.

Irkut is developing the MC-21 as a family of 150 to 210-passenger aircraft with first flight of the PurePower PW1400G engined aircraft planned for 2015 and entry into service in 2017. The MC-21 series will feature jetliners with 25,000-32,000 pounds of thrust.

"We are pleased to confirm our commitment to provide economic and environmental benefits to the MC-21 aircraft with the PurePower engine," said Todd Kallman, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "This revolutionary engine family continues to meet all of our performance expectations and program milestones. The PurePower engine offers the best possible reduction in fuel burn, noise, emissions and operating costs to Irkut's customers."

"We are proud to offer the Pratt & Whitney PurePower engine on our MC-21 family of aircraft. The engine makes our aircraft more competitive because it offers real savings for our customers," said Alexey I. Fedorov, president, Irkut Corporation. "Lowering fuel costs is good for airline customers, and reducing the environmental impact of commercial aviation is good for everyone."

FMI: www.pw.utc.com

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