With the curtain rising on Wings India 2020, India's largest Civil Aviation and Aerospace show, Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. is showcasing its commitment to innovation and aviation growth in the region. The company's presence at the show is anchored by its exhibit—located in Hall B, booth #8—showcases a quarter scale model of Pratt & Whitney's GTF engine. The exhibit also features a full scale model of the GTF engine's key differentiator technology, the fan drive gear system (FDGS), which enables all the engine's modules to run at their optimum rotational speed, reducing fuel, noise and stage count.
"India is one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets and Wings India is a key event for us to engage with our customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders," said Ashmita Sethi, Managing Director, India for Pratt & Whitney. "Pratt & Whitney's history in India began more than 70 years ago and we look forward to the opportunity to share how the company's products, services and initiatives in the region contribute to the future of aviation in India."
To meet the growing demand for air travel, more than 150 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft have been delivered to Indian operators to date. GTF engines have carried over 80 million passengers on more than 5,00,000 flights in India, and have saved Indian operators 90 million gallons of fuel and 8,80,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions since entry into service in 2016.
"PRATT & WHITNEY'S HISTORY IN INDIA BEGAN MORE THAN 70 YEARS AGO AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HOW THE COMPANY'S PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND INITIATIVES IN THE REGION CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF AVIATION IN INDIA." — ASHMITA SETHI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INDIA, PRATT & WHITNEY
Worldwide, more than 700 GTF-powered aircraft have been delivered to 48 operators on six continents, and have accumulated over 5 million total engine revenue hours for the combined fleet of Airbus A320neo family, Airbus A220 and Embraer E190-E2/E195-E2 aircraft. Demand for the GTF engine is strong with more than 10,000 orders and commitments. The engine is driving the next generation of efficient, sustainable air travel and is enabling new routes and city pairs, resulting in quieter communities, cleaner air and economic development.
For more than seven decades, Pratt & Whitney has been a trusted partner of India in providing game-changing technologies for the future. Today, Pratt & Whitney is committed to supporting more than 1,250 engines in service in the region. These include commercial aircraft powered by GTF, V2500 and PW100 engines, F117-powered C-17 transports and PT6A- 25A-powered PC-7 trainers used by the Indian Air Force, and many small jets, helicopters and turboprops flown by governments, businesses and individuals throughout the country. In 2015, Pratt & Whitney opened its India Customer Training Center in Hyderabad with an aim to provide hands-on maintenance training to customers in the region. In 2019, the company opened its 100th eLearning Center where elementary-age children have access to high quality electronic education courses with a STEM emphasis.