At Pratt & Whitney, we believe flight is an engine for human progress, an instrument to rise above boundaries, connect people, grow economies and help protect the world. Together with our partners, we work with an explorer’s heart and a perfectionist’s grit to advance it. The magnitude of flight requires dependable teams that deliver the highest quality products and services. Every day, we rise to that challenge with state-of-the-art engines that carry people reliably to their destinations, service experts who provide the care and intelligence to keep aircraft flying, and generations of innovators working together to transform aviation.
Robert F. Leduc
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.
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Pratt & Whitney powers the world’s most technologically advanced military aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Boeing KC-46A tanker. Providing dominant airpower is a daunting task. Adversary threat systems are constantly improving, and it is Pratt & Whitney’s mission to stay ahead of the curve. This translates into trusted front-line support and continuous improvement of propulsion systems, including next-generation adaptive engine technologies. In coming years, Pratt & Whitney will power the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider. Pratt & Whitney’s charge is to ensure customers can rely on dependable engines to perform the mission, even in the most demanding conditions. Pratt & Whitney does that every day by developing, fielding and sustaining the world’s most advanced military engines.
Long recognized for outstanding customer service, Pratt & Whitney now is taking it to a new, even higher level. During the year, Pratt & Whitney launched EngineWise, a services portfolio designed to improve the predictability, reliability and health of customer fleets. EngineWise uses state-of-the-art data analytics and real-time intelligence to predict and prevent disruptions. It will unify Pratt & Whitney’s aftermarket service portfolio and provide the platform for new service options as customer needs evolve.
Pratt & Whitney Canada produced its 100,000th engine in 2017, a remarkable achievement and a testament to its reputation for delivering durable, reliable and high-quality engines. The company has a rich history of innovation with its engines powering commercial, general and business aviation, civil helicopters, and auxiliary power units. Pratt & Whitney Canada has a fleet of more than 63,000 engines flying in nearly every country in the world, logging an impressive 830 million flight and operating hours to date.
Pratt & Whitney invested $1.3 billion in its production and overhaul facilities to meet extraordinary demand for the Geared Turbofan engine. At the end of the year, there were more than 8,000 engines on order, including firm and option engines. In 2017, Pratt & Whitney met its goal of producing 374 GTF family engines and is poised to support all aircraft deliveries with each of its GTF customers in 2018. In addition, Pratt & Whitney opened three GTF aftermarket facilities in 2017 to support the industry’s first clean-sheet, new-technology engine, which the company believes is the future of aviation.
The game-changing Geared Turbofan engine represents the spirit of innovation that is a hallmark of Pratt & Whitney, as is its commitment to customer training. Pratt & Whitney is investing in virtual reality tools to advance learning for airline mechanics worldwide. With the new tools, participants can walk virtually inside a GTF engine to examine parts and view a running engine in motion. Virtual reality training is but one example of the ways Pratt & Whitney is investing in technologies and resources to support customers.
Employees of Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies were honored to see Jonna Gerken named president of the Society of Women Engineers in 2017. Ms. Gerken joined Pratt & Whitney in 2000 and currently oversees a staff of engineers that helps ensure all engine components meet manufacturing readiness levels appropriate to their life-cycle stage. The Society of Women Engineers is a global organization that empowers women to pursue careers in engineering. United Technologies is a long-time supporter and is on its Corporate Partnership Council.
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