NBAA, ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is celebrating a major milestone with the delivery of its 70,000th engine. The engine, a PT6A-60A turboprop, was delivered recently to Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for installation on a Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
"This is a remarkable achievement and clearly a proud moment in our 81-year history that underscores the continued success of our products around the globe," said John Saabas, president, P&WC. "Through an approach of continuous product development and technical innovation, both companies have kept the PT6 and King Air product families current and competitive, and they remain top sellers in their class."
"I want to congratulate Pratt & Whitney Canada on this significant achievement," said Bill Boisture, HBC chairman and chief executive officer. "In the last 45 years, HBC has acquired 17,000 engines from P&WC, which have accumulated millions of hours of reliable operation on our fleet of more than 9,000 HBC aircraft."
P&WC engines are currently in service in 195 countries around the world, providing power to over 10,000 customers in a wide range of business, general, utility and regional aircraft and helicopter applications. "P&WC is a global leader and builds engines synonymous with dependability, reliability and value to meet our customers' needs," added Saabas. "Today, we offer the broadest product line in the industry and our in-service fleet has accumulated over 500 million flying hours."
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.