Jul 21, 2017: Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., is displaying its PurePower® Geared Turbofan on Capitol Hill, the ground-breaking new engine platform that is more fuel and cost efficient. This new engine programme has proven to be extremely popular globally with more than 8,000 engines on order, including options and unannounced orders, driving continued U.S. leadership in technology-led manufacturing, U.S. exports, and growing U.S. jobs and investment.
"The Geared Turbofan, with its revolutionary design, is the future of aviation, and is a great example of U.S. manufacturing leadership," said Pratt & Whitney President Bob Leduc. "Pratt & Whitney expects to hire 25,000 people by 2026, helping to ensure that we meet production targets and maintenance standards, and we will continue to invest in our facilities and supply chain – a majority of which is spent in the United States, while growing U.S. exports. This is the beginning of the next great age in aircraft propulsion, and the GTF engine is in its first years of a 30+ year program."
Of the company's $770 million in supply chain spend to support the GTF engine programme over the course of 2016, 78 percent, or $600 million, was spent in the United States, supporting local economies and job creation.
Besides, Pratt & Whitney is investing $1.3 billion in upgrading and updating its manufacturing and service centres to meet the demands of the new programme, including a $400+ million expansion of the company's two Connecticut facilities, $451 million expansion of its Columbus, GA, facility, and opening a new facility in Lansing, Michigan, to produce fan blades.
Pratt & Whitney invested 20 years and $10 billion in developing the innovative GTF engine. The engine, which has been in service for a year and has passed its first 200,000 flight hours, reduced fuel burn by 16 percent, emissions by 50 percent and noise by 75 percent.
The 16 percent fuel performance step-change offered by the GTF is the result of 48 new technologies and a fundamental shift in design architecture. Each GTF-powered airplane can yearly save about $1 million in fuel and impact 500,000 fewer airport neighbors with noise from takeoffs and landings. This enhances the quality of life for airport communities, and provides new economic benefits to airports seeking to extend their operating day without excessive disruption to the surrounding communities.