Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada

May 12, 2008 13:26 ET

Pratt & Whitney Canada Wins Contract to Power Learjet 85 Aircraft With PW307B Engine

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW307B engine has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace(i) to power the all-new composite Learjet 85(i) midsize business jet. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

The PW307B turbofan engine, rated in the 6,000-pound-thrust class, is the newest member of the increasingly popular PW300 family. The new-generation engine is designed to deliver superior performance, high durability and low operating economics, with significantly lower emission and noise levels. It also offers high dispatch reliability and easy maintenance.

"We aim to redefine the midsize category with the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft by offering customers superior performance, an extraordinary cabin and exceptional value," said David Coleal, vice-president and general manager, Learjet. "The PW307B is the perfect match for the Learjet 85, bringing some of the most advanced, greener engine technologies, together with P&WC's trademark dependability."

The PW307B engine features the company's TALON™ advanced combustor technology, which significantly outperforms ICAO standards by over 30 per cent for nitrous oxide emissions. The engine is designed for low noise and also meets Zurich 5 requirements for zero surcharge fees.

"The new Learjet 85 jet and PW307B engine offer a winning combination that will deliver exceptional value to customers," said Claude Lachapelle, vice president of Business Aviation at P&WC. "This is the second Learjet and our tenth engine program with Bombardier, which underscores our successful collaboration in bringing great products to market."

In addition to the advanced technologies built into the PW307B, the engine incorporates over 6.5 million hours of PW300 family flying experience. Eight engine models currently make up the PW300 family, powering some 1,000 aircraft in 50 countries.

Operators of Learjet 85 aircraft also will benefit from P&WC's strong global customer support. This includes over 30 P&WC-owned and designated service facilities around the world, field service representatives on all major continents, a 24-7 Customer First Centre for rapid expert support, the most advanced diagnostic capabilities for this market and the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Que., 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.

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