LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) Lethbridge, Alberta assembly plant celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th engine, a PT6A engine to Air Tractor, Inc. The landmark engine, a PT6A-60AG produced for Air Tractor's AT-602 aircraft, is a member of the PT6A series of engines, which continues to offer unmatched performance, reliability and value in the 500 - 2,000 shaft horsepower class. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"This is a great milestone for our Lethbridge facility, which has been assembling high-quality PT6 engines for our customers for more than 15 years," said Benoit Beaudoin, Vice President, Operations, P&WC. "The 10,000th engine delivery is a testament to the plant's excellent capabilities and the result of great teamwork."
For more than 30 years, Air Tractor has been a leading agricultural plane manufacturer worldwide.
The Lethbridge facility officially opened its doors in May 1993. Today, it is P&WC's Centre of Excellence for low and high power PT6 engines, the most dependable and popular engine in its class. The PT6 has captured more than 100 applications for business, commuter, utility and trainer aircraft with major manufacturers.
In July, a Regional Service Centre was opened in Lethbridge to offer a wide range of world-class engine maintenance and support services for P&WC engine customers. The centre performs light and heavy maintenance on PT6, JT15D, PW100 and PW500 engine series, as well as light maintenance for the PW600 engine series.
P&WC now counts over 10,000 operators all around the world - demonstrating that the company has a winning strategy in place with new-generation, green engines and unmatched support. Customers can rely on over 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, a 24/7 Customer First Centre for expert and rapid assistance, and an extensive parts distribution network to deliver unmatched frontline service.
With field support representatives on all major continents, mobile repair teams available around the clock, and the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry, P&WC's goal is to go the extra mile to keep its customers flying.
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.