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May 27, 2024
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Pratt & Whitney Canada announced its PW127XT engine, which sets a new benchmark for regional aviation cost-effectiveness and efficiency.  The PW127XT provides over 40% extended time on wing, 20 percent lower maintenance costs, and a three percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the current PW127M engine.

Regional turboprops have traditionally led the industry in sustainability, and on flights, less than 400 nautical miles typically burn 40% less fuel and emit 40% less CO2 than regional jets.  The improvement in fuel efficiency, combined with additional cost savings, makes greener choices more affordable.

The first application for this new engine will be ATR for its ATR42 and 72 aircraft.  The new engine will be a new benchmark for efficiency, time on wing, and service in the regional turboprop marketplace.

Maria Della Posta, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, stated “Since its inception, ATR has exclusively turned to Pratt & Whitney to power its fleet of regional aircraft.  We are pleased to launch this exciting new PW127XT-M engine with ATR.  Optimized for the ATR 42/72 aircraft family, it will deliver a significant improvement in operating costs, extending the already impressive operating economics and sustainability of this regional turboprop.”new benchmark

Launched as ATR is celebrating its 40th anniversary, the PW127XT engine series builds upon the success of the PW127M engine. We have injected into this new PW127XT-M engine the knowledge gained from Pratt & Whitney’s history of transformation and continuous innovation and more than 2.5 billion hours of operational expertise to provide a step-change in performance and customer service that helps regional airline customers achieve their business goals,” said Della Posta.  

Stefano Bortoli. Chief Executive Officer of ATR stated “reducing cash operating costs and improving sustainability are the two leading priorities of our regional airline customers.  We have enjoyed an exceptional level of collaboration with Pratt & Whitney Canada in the development of the PW127XT-M engine and we’re delighted to offer a dynamic airframe and powerplant solution to customers around the world.”

A strong element of the savings provided in the new engine is in service, where a new benchmark has been set for maintenance requirements.  By improving the schedule for engine overhaul and hot section inspections,  time on wing has been extended by 40 percent over prior models.  Combined with only two scheduled engine events over ten years, maintenance costs are reduced by 20 percent.

We have been serving the regional airline industry for more than 40 years,” said Della Posta. “With this knowledge, we have developed a customized engine maintenance program for the PW127XT engine series, tailored for every environment, mission, and experience level for ultimate peace of mind.”  The personalized Fleet Management Program (FMP) for the PW127XT engine series, support can be customized for each operator and engine, establishing a new benchmark for tailored services.

The PW127XT engine series will benefit from new solutions within our industry-leading FMP for fleets of every size as well as innovative solutions for lessors, offering optimized solutions for absolutely every type of customer,” said Della Posta. PW127XT engine series customers will also benefit from Pratt & Whitney Canada’s world-class customer support network, dedicated to keeping aircraft flying, anywhere in the world and at any time.

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Ernest Arvai
President AirInsight Group LLC

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