SIA buys into P&W new green engine for CSeries

January 19, 2010   by PLANT STAFF

A cutaway view of Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G engine destined for Bombardier’s CSeries fuel-efficient aircraft.

Photo: Pratt & Whitney

MONTREAL: Pratt & Whitney has sold a stake in its more fuel-efficient PW1000G engine to a Singapore aerospace maintenance and overhaul firm.

SIA Engineering Company Ltd. (SIAEC) has signed a definitive agreement to participate in Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G engine Risk-Revenue Sharing Program (RRSP) with a 3% stake in the Bombardier CSeries engine RRSP and a 1% in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet engine RRSP.

The two companies will form a joint venture called Eagle Services Asia (ESA) that will be the first engine centre in the global RRSP MRO network for the engine.

SIAEC expects its “acquisition of new engine capabilities” will lead to access of markets for next-generation aircraft powered by the new engines.

The engine will be used on Bombardier’s 110 to 145 seat CSeries aircraft. It features an advanced gear system that allows the fan to operate at a slower speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine.

Pratt & Whitney says the combination of the gear system and all-new advanced core delivers double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency and environmental emissions and a 50% reduction in noise.

The plane is schedule to go into service in 2013. Montreal-based Bombardier says it has firm orders for 50 aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company based in East Hartford, Conn., designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. Pratt & Whitney Canada is based in Longueuil, Que.