Pratt & Whitney will provide exclusive power for 50 firm Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, with an additional 50 purchase rights, for an order announced today by Embraer and Air Costa. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018. The PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine family has more than 5,000 orders and commitments, including options. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"Our goal is to improve connectivity within India, more specifically, the secondary and tertiary cities," said Lingamaneni Ramesh, Chairman, Air Costa. "We believe that Embraer's E2 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engines will help us reach that goal."
"Pratt & Whitney is a key partner of the E-Jets E2 program, supporting Embraer to deliver to the market the best aircraft in its category," said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. "Our technological development plan focuses on investigating and developing solutions for upcoming industry challenges, and the GTF engine is helping us get to where we need to be with our E2 aircraft."
From light weight fan blades, cutting-edge materials and coatings, to advanced airfoil cooling, the suite of technologies in the GTF engine delivers the high efficiency with lower temperatures that drive improved durability with a lower overall cost of ownership.
"We are very proud that Air Costa has chosen to expand its fleet with PurePower engines on E-Jets E2 aircraft," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "Already more than 50 customers from around the globe are showing their confidence in our PurePower engine technology, which has completed more than 7,600 hours of ground and flight testing."
Air Costa is an Indian regional airline based in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. It is part of the LEPL Group and commenced scheduled operations in October 2013 using two Embraer E170 aircraft. Air Costa currently operates services with two-class E170 and E190 equipment on regional services through southern India. For more information, please visit www.aircosta.in.
Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters is located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.embraer.com.br.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, and small turbojet propulsion products. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans and availability of funding, and in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the companies' Securities and Exchange Commission filings.