First Airbus A220 for Delta Takes to the Skies

U.S. operator to benefit from new-generation aircraft’s fuel efficiency

 
Mirabel, Québec, Canada, October 6,  2018:  Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220-100 took off on its first flight from Mirabel airport. The aircraft was crewed by A220program test pilots. During successful  2 hour and 53 minutes flight, the crew checked the aircraft’s main systems and landed back in Mirabel. The flight took place a few days after the aircraft rolled out of the paint shop. Next, the aircraft will continue with pre-delivery testing and assembly, as elements of its state-of-the-art interior come together at the A220 assembly line.
Delta Air Lines will be the first U.S. operator to benefit from the aircraft’s fuel efficiency, when the A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019. The new aircraft  brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. Delta  will be the fourth A220 operator, after Swiss, airBaltic, and Korean Air. With a firm order for 75 aircraft, Delta is already the largest A220-100 customer.
With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.
 
Source: Airbus

Pratt & Whitney Partners with NASA to Create Green Future for Aviation

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Working on engines producing up to 75% fewer emissions

East Hartford, CT, February 23, 2017:  Pratt & Whitney has been chosen by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to be a part of NASA’s Ultra-High Bypass Advanced Nacelle Technologies Flight Demonstration. The goal of the partnership is to develop engines for commercial airliners that produce less pollution and are more fuel-efficient.
This is not the first time that Pratt & Whitney has worked with NASA to advance green engine technologies. The two organizations partnered a number of times during the 1990s and 2000s, and together, they have made significant advancements in fuel-efficient technologies. A project in the 1990s through NASA’s Advanced Subsonic Technology program led to the development of base technology for fuel-efficient fans. Another partnership in 2005 through the Space Act Agreement gave Pratt & Whitney access to NASA expertise and facilities for engine testing.
The most notable result of the P&W-NASA partnership is the development of technology for the PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) family of engines. The GTF engine improves efficiency by over 16 percent and increases fuel savings while dramatically reducing noiseby 50 percent, a profound advancement for the aeronautics industry. The success of the partnership between the two organizations, particularly the development of technology for the GTF, has created even more opportunities for collaboration.
Pratt & Whitney is currently working with NASA on the ‘New Aviation Horizons’ initiative, through which a new generation of revolutionary “X-planes” featuring advanced technologies will be designed, built and tested over a 10-year period.
Pratt & Whitney engines are included on four out of five of the experimental aircraft designs. According to NASA, the project aims “to develop aircraft that use 50 percent less fuel, produce 75 percent fewer emissions, and are notably more quiet than today’s vehicles.” Pratt & Whitney is making large contributions to this initiative that aims to have futuristic aircrafts in the sky as soon as the 2020s.
With the new three-year Ultra-High Bypass Advanced Nacelle Technologies partnership, Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems and Boeing will look to build on the innovations of the past, and develop the physics for a new generation of GTF engines that will be even more efficient and quiet. With technologies based on the learning developed through this partnership, the goal is to improve efficiency by another 10 percent above the 16 percent efficiency improvement from the first generation GTF engines. 
“The goal is to build on the legacy of our partnership with NASA to work on improving our geared turbofan engine technologies,” said Michael Winter, senior fellow, Advanced Technologies, Pratt & Whitney. “Our work with NASA will help us extend the technology and move deeper into the design space.”
This partnership will likely have a large impact on the future of our world. With new advancements from this partnership, we may see the environmental cost of air transport reduced as a result of increased fuel savings, or home and business owners near airports no longer negatively affected by the constant roar of airplanes overhead.
“This partnership is not only good for our business, but for the planet,” Winter said. “Our ability to technically differentiate our products while also doing good for our world defines the legacy we leave. As engineers, what more could we hope for?” 
Source: Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney’s GTF Engines Power HK Express Milestone Flight

East Hartford, Connecticut, December 21, 2016: Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engines have powered HK Express‘ first Airbus A320neo revenue service flight. The HK Express flight flew from Hong Kong to Osaka, Japan, on December 12. 

“Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engines have performed superbly throughout the introduction of our first A320neo into service,” said Andrew Cowen, CEO of HK Express. “We are confident that this highly efficient aircraft will support the growth of our business, benefiting our passengers and enhancing our sustainability.”

“The revolutionary technology of the PurePower GTF engine is transforming aviation by helping airlines to deliver lower costs and more sustainable operations,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower family has more than 80 customers, for both announced and unannounced firm and option orders, from more than 30 countries. In-service performance of the PurePower engine has demonstrated its ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, regulated emissions by 50 percent and noise foot print by 75 percent, compared to 737-800 engines.

Hong Kong Express

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Airbus A321neo With P&W Engines Receives Type Certification

EASA and FAA certification paves way for the first delivery 

Toulouse, December 15, 2016: Following a comprehensive flight test program, the A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 15th December 2016.
The documents were respectively signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Programs, Didier Evrard, and Airbus Senior Vice President A320 Family Program, Klaus Roewe.
“The A321neo allows airlines to upsize their fleets while offering a winning combination of unbeatable economics and comfort. The A321 contributes already some 40 per cent to our single aisle deliveries, and further growing,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
“Today’s certification is a rewarding tribute to all the teams who have been instrumental in making this essential milestone happen.”

A321neo

The A321neo – the largest member of the A320neo Family – successfully completed a certification program accumulating over 350 flight hours in more than 130 flights; validating its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria. The campaign also confirmed the aircraft is meeting its performance targets in terms of fuel burn and range. Offering significant environmental benefits, including a smaller noise footprint, the aircraft also demonstrated excellent low speed performance capabilities for its operators.

A321neo Flooded Test

The Pratt & Whitney powered aircraft is the first variant of the A321neo to have received EASA and FAA Type Certification. The A321neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines will be certified in the coming months.
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 4,800 orders from 89 customers, capturing 60 percent share of the market. 
Source: Airbus

Fewer Than 18% of People Have Flown: What Happens Next?

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UTC: New white paper examines trends in green aviation technology

The number of commercial airplanes is expected to double to around 44,000 in the next 20 years. This increase in air travel means an increase in carbon dioxide emissions from airplanes – but does it have to?

UTC Chief Sustainability Officer John Mandyck and Dr. Alan H. Epstein, Vice President, Technology and Environment at Pratt & Whitney, released a white paper titled ‘The Future of Sustainable Aviation: Betting on Jet Propulsion & Lower Net Carbon Fuels’ detailing exciting new trends in green aviation technology that can allow the tremendous growth in air travel to happen more sustainably. This white paper follows the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) first-ever carbon dioxide emissions reduction mandate for air travel. 

For further information please visit: http://naturalleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/UTC-7612-FutureSustainableAviationWhitePaper_3.pdf

Source: Pratt & Whitney, UTC

Airbus Delivers North America’s First A320neo to Volaris

First North American carrier to operate fuel-efficient aircraft

Mexico City, September 12, 2016: Low-cost carrier Volaris took delivery of its first A320neo, making the airline the first operator of the A320neo in North America. Volaris is Mexico’s largest Airbus customer, having ordered 74 A320 Family aircraft, including 30 A320neo. The all-Airbus operator became a customer in 2006, and since then has become Mexico’s biggest A320 Family operator with 63 A320 Family aircraft in service, including 17 A319, 42 A320 and four A321.

The A320neo for Volaris is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines and leased through AerCap. Configured to seat up to 186 passengers in 18”-wide seats, Volaris’ A320neo will be equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

A320neo Family

“The arrival of the A320neo symbolizes an important step in our ambitious ultra low-cost strategy,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. “Volaris is delighted to be the first to bring this new technology to passengers in North America.”

“Airbus is honored to deliver the first A320neo in North America to Volaris, an all-Airbus operator for more than 10 years,” said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean. “Mexico’s strong economic growth presents a key opportunity for the country’s top airlines such as Volaris to expand and remain environmentally efficient, and the A320neo will be exceptional in achieving this for Volaris.”

“Pratt & Whitney extends its congratulations to AerCap, Volaris and Airbus on the delivery of today’s A320neo. We are proud to be part of the team bringing the first A320neo to North America,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Pratt & Whitney.

A320neo Volaris

Airbus delivered the first A320neo in North America to the Mexican ULCC Volaris

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with nearly 4,800 orders from 87 customers since its launch in 2010 capturing some 60 percent share of the market. Including Volaris’ A320neo delivered today, 18 A320neo aircraft have been delivered to seven customers.

Source: Airbus

Bombardier CS300: Canadian Certification Awarded

First aircraft to airBaltic scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016

Montréal, July 11, 2016: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its CS300 aircraft has been awarded Type Certification by Transport Canada. Delivery of the first CS300 airliner to airBaltic of Latvia is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016; the aircraft is currently in production at the C Series production facility in Mirabel, Québec. The approval follows the CS100 aircraft Type Certification awarded by Transport Canada and validations for that aircraft model by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The CS300 aircraft certification process was very straightforward because of the over 99 per cent commonality with the CS100 model,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The C Series flight test program covered more than 5,000 hours and most of the data obtained covered both models. “We are delighted that operators will be getting C Series aircraft that have exceeded expectations, in particular on airfield performance,” Mr. Dewar added. “We can now confirm a range improvement in excess of 20 per cent out of hot-and-high airports such as Denver, Mexico City or Lhasa.”

The C Series is optimized for the 100- to 150-seat market segment, which drives the aircraft’s economic proposition and performance, opening up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operation. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with the aircraft’s advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise, and emissions   making the C Series one of the most community-friendly aircraft.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

The first CS300 airliner to airBaltic of Latvia is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016

Source: Bombardier

Pratt & Whitney Announces Site for GTF Maintenance

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East Hartford, Conn., June 30, 2016: Pratt & Whitney announced a $65 million investment in its engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Georgia, to perform maintenance on PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines. The Columbus Engine Center, located 90 miles south of Atlanta, is the first facility in the world to begin maintaining PW1000G engines. It will maintain PW1100G-JM and PW1500G engines, in addition to V2500, PW2000, F117 and F100 engines. The center’s new GTF engine facilities will include disassembly, inspection, assembly and test capability. Construction of a new test facility will start this year.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

PurePower® PW1400G-JM Engine

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FAA Certifies Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1400G-JM Engine to Power Irkut’s MC-21 Aircraft

Hartford, Conn., Monday, May 9, 2016: The FAA has certified Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1400G-JM engine to power Irkut’s MC-21 aircraft. With this milestone, Pratt & Whitney now has three certified PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine variants.  “This milestone is another huge step forward for the PurePower engine program, which brings unmatched operational benefits including double-digit reductions in noise, emissions and fuel burn, making for greener skies,” said Greg Gernhardt, president, Commercial Engines Programs, Pratt & Whitney. “The technology behind the GTF engine is a game-changing force in the aviation industry for all the right reasons and we are excited that the PW1400G-JM engine is moving one step closer to powering Irkut’s MC-21 aircraft and providing the renowned benefits for which this engine is so highly regarded.” “We would like to congratulate Pratt & Whitney on the certification approval of its PurePower engine, which will be installed on МС-21 Family Aircraft,” said Oleg Demchenko, president, Irkut Corporation.

“The engine increases the competitiveness of our aircraft since it offers tangible cost savings to our airline customers due to the enhanced fuel burn efficiency while simultaneously benefitting the environment.”

Up to now, the PurePower engine family has completed more than 58,000 cycles and 35,000 hours of testing.

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Air Canada Orders up to 75 Bombardier C Series Aircraft

Bombardier C Series

Montréal, February 17, 2016: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Air Canada announced today that the parties have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the sale and purchase of 45 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 CS300 aircraft, which also includes conversion rights to CS100 aircraft. Air Canada will become the first North American mainline, international network carrier for the C Series family of aircraft. Based on the list price of the CS300 aircraft, a firm order for 45 would be valued at approximately US $3.8 billion.

“We’ve been carefully assessing the capabilities of Bombardier’s C Series aircraft and its progress for some time and today we are very pleased to announce an agreement to acquire the CS300 for our mainline fleet,” said Mr. Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada. “The C Series will be a key element of our on-going  fleet renewal, which will result in Air Canada operating one of the world’s youngest and most fuel efficient airline fleets.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada as our first mainline, international carrier located in North America. A landmark order from a marquee and iconic customer like Air Canada is a very significant strategic marker for the C Series aircraft program and we’re looking forward to further strengthening a relationship that spans 30 years,” said Fred Cromer, President, C Series Aircraft Program. “The C Series aircraft has proven and exceeded its performance targets and can readily be used as a coast-to-coast mainline connector or to open direct flights to under-served destinations. Performance and exceptionally low operating costs are ultimately what make this plane a success and Air Canada is recognizing that the C Series aircraft was designed in line with evolving market requirements.”
The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design. By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.

By employing advanced materials, state-of-the-art technologies and advanced aerodynamics, combined with the groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, the C Series aircraft is delivering a greater-than 10 per cent unit cost advantage compared to similarly-sized, re-engined aircraft.

All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. The C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted.

Air Canada Orders up to 75 Bombardier C Series Aircraft

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 678 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243. The company is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

Source: Bombardier

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