Pratt & Whitney Canada Celebrates 60,000th Engine
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., has marked a major milestone in its 77-year history with the production of its 60,000th engine.
By Brooke Shaw
Mississauga, Ontario, January 30, 2006 – Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., a United Technologies Corp. company, has marked a major milestone in its 77-year history with the production of its 60,000th engine. A special ceremony was held in its Mississauga, Ontario plant to commemorate the event.
Of the 60,000 engines P&WC has produced over the years, more than 40,000 are still in operation with close to 9,000 operators worldwide. To ensure that these operators obtain the service they need, when they need it, P&WC's Service Centre network is present around the globe.
Today, P&WC offers the broadest product line in the industry. In the last decade alone, the company has certified more than 50 engines. These include new engines among its current engine series – the PT6, PW100, PW200, PW300, PW500, JT15D and PW900. In addition, the PW615F, the first in the new generation PW600 turbofan family, was certified in December 2005, and the PW610F is scheduled for certification in the first quarter 2006. Twenty more new engines should be off the drawing board within three years and powering thousands of aircraft.
P&WC ranks 1st among aerospace R&D investors in Canada, investing an average $400 million per year. "Pratt & Whitney Canada is continuing to set the pace in aerospace with innovative engine programs," said Alain M. Bellemare, President, P&WC. "That's what puts us in such a strong position today, at a time when new products like very light jets (VLJs) are bursting onto the market," added Bellemare.
P&WC has more than 10,000 employees in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia) and elsewhere throughout the world (United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Singapore, China, Russia and Australia).