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Pratt & Whitney flying high with order for 300 engines from India's IndiGo Print E-mail
Written by Vijay, James   
Saturday, 09 April 2011
Planning multiple Joint Ventures in India.

Mumbai: Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, has bagged an order for 300 P&W PurePower PW1100G engines from IndiGo, India's largest low-cost carrier, to power its fleet of 150 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft. Each IndiGo Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G engines.

IndiGo has also chosen Pratt & Whitney to provide maintenance for these PurePower engines. With this selection, Pratt & Whitney now has more than 1,200 PW1000G engines on order, including options.

Pratt & Whitney is involved in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, plans to quadruple its business in India, in the next four years.

As reported earlier, Pratt & Whitney is planning to set up multiple joint ventures in India.

Pratt & Whitney currently has around 16 suppliers in India who supply castings, sheet metal fabrications, composites, etc. This year, the company's sourcing volumes from India is expected to double and in due course it is expected to be around 20 times the current level.

P&W has a team of 50 specialists in Bangalore, nearly half of them quality leaders, who are recruiting new local aerospace suppliers and helping existing ones upgrade their processes and standards to aerospace sector fault tolerance limits. The company plans to increase it's headcount at the Bangalore office.

In order to quicken the process, P&W plans to participate in the operations of some key suppliers for aerospace parts and components, by forming joint ventures. The JVs will enable the companies move up the value chain by producing more complex components and systems. It is expected to encourage the partners to make investments while exercising a greater degree of risk-control. With gestation periods ranging from 3 to 4 years, the JV strategy, is expected to enable the partner companies justify additional investments.

Through, the joint venture approach, Pratt & Whitney will be able to reap the economic dividends of the supplier, which it has helped raise to the required levels of competency and quality.

Pratt & Whitney's local sourcing of components and engineering services is expected to increase 10-fold by 2014, to around $150-200 million a year from the current $15 million.

P&W PurePower PW1100G engine

The PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine's fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core delivers double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency and environmental emissions as well as a 50 percent reduction in noise.

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