December 26, 2017

Pratt delivers geared turbofan engine for Bombardier jet

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air Lines on Friday marked delivery of the airline’s first Bombardier CS300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine.

East Hartford jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air Lines Co. have delivered the airline's first Bombardier jet powered by Pratt's geared turbofan (GTF) engine.

The delivery of the so-called Bombardier CS300 aircraft was made Friday, the companies said. A ceremony was held in Mirabel, Canada, where final assembly took place.

Soo-Keun Lee, chief technology officer at Korean Air, praised the GTF engine for its marked improvement in efficiency, emissions and noise levels, saying the new jet would "enhance our operations and passenger experience."

"This is a very important milestone for the C Series program because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air Lines as our brand ambassador in the region," said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft, he said.

Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent; to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard; and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent, Pratt said.

Pratt is a subsidiary of Farmington-based United Technologies Corp.

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