Company Marks 30 Years of PW100 Reliability in South East Asia
Marking 30 successful years of the PW100 engine family, Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) celebrated the occasion in Singapore with customers around the region and honoured the anniversary with the delivery of its 3,000th engine to QantasLink on October 13, 2014.
Customers were treated to workshops and forums on the iconic PW100 engine designed to showcase its historic role in developing the global regional airline industry with its outstanding reliability, durability and operating economics. These festivities were part of a series of worldwide activities designed to celebrate the engine's original entry into service in December 1984.
"This milestone delivery of 3,000 engines is an impressive feat for a firm of about 150 employees. We are pleased this engine center has demonstrated it has developed world-class service excellence, is able to provide high quality engine repair and overhaul services, and wins customers from all around the region," said Maria Valerio, vice president, Operations, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. "As the engine of choice for regional carriers, the PW100 family has served customers faithfully for the past three decades, and is well positioned to maintain this position through continued support from this market. The PW100 was a pioneer in the regional turboprop airline market and remains a leader today."
The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 aircraft engine family is a series of 2,000 to 5,000 horsepower (1,500 to 3,700 kW) turboprops that power aircraft such as the ATR 42/ATR 72, Bombardier Q400, EADS CASA C-295, Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and Fokker 50.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has certified 38 PW100 engine models since the 1980s and produced more than 8,000 engines that have logged over 155 million hours in the air. Today, there are more than 2,800 PW100-powered regional aircraft in service with over 500 operators in more than 130 countries.
The occasion was also commemorated by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with local tertiary institution Temasek Polytechnic establishing a cross training partnership aimed at developing and preparing industry-ready talent for the fast-growing aviation industry. As part of this agreement, Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) will conduct a first ever 'Train the Trainer' program equipping Temasek Polytechnic lecturers with the technical know-how to develop and deliver aircraft engine maintenance workshops aimed at training final year Temasek Polytechnic students pursuing a diploma in Aerospace Engineering. A PW100 engine will also be on loan to the polytechnic for training purposes. As part of this cross-training agreement and the company's continuing education and training, Temasek Polytechnic will conduct workshops with Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) employees, giving them insights into current industry best practices and knowledge.
Pratt & Whitney has had a strong presence in Singapore since 1983, when it first established Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA). The sub-unit started with five employees then to perform repair work on the PT6A engine and grew to now provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for the PW100 and APS3200 products, while managing customers' engines across a network of service centers for the PT6, PW150, PW200 and PW600 engines.