LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/25/12 -- Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) PW210 engine has been selected by Eurocopter to power the next-generation X4 helicopter. The PW210-powered X4 is expected to enter into service by 2017. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE: UTX).
The PW210 engine - the latest in P&WC's turboshaft product line - is powering a new era in helicopter flight with three applications confirmed. By the time the X4 enters service in 2017, the PW210 family will have accumulated well over half a million flying hours across the three platforms.
"With a PW210 engine you get high power, fast response and the lowest fuel burn in this market segment," said Richard Dussault, Vice-President, Marketing, P&WC. "That means payload and range benefits that keep our customers' assets flying efficiently and reliably."
The PW210 is a state-of-the art engine that is designed to meet all the requirements of the most modern helicopters. "We have focused our technology on fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and maintenance technologies that deliver real value to our operators," added Dussault.
The new-generation features of the PW210 include:
-- Compact, light-weight architecture delivering the best in class power- to-weight ratio and fuel burn for longer range and improved payload capabilities -- Advances in materials and compressor design, including P&WC proprietary alloys, demonstrated on new-generation engines for maximum durability and best lifecycle value -- Dual-channel FADEC (full-authority digital engine controls) for fast and accurate pilot control -- State-of-the-art diagnostics capability, including automatic fractional cycle counting to minimize downtime and keep PW210 operators flying
"We have a long-standing relationship with Eurocopter dating back more than 15 years," added Dussault. "This and our long-standing experience in the helicopter market, gives us unique insight to deliver tailored engine features and comprehensive customer support for the diverse missions our customers fly."
The PW210 engine, like all P&WC engines, is backed by a comprehensive customer service network in the industry, including more than 30 P&WC-owned and designated service facilities and more than 100 field support representatives around the globe, a 24/7 Customer First Centre for rapid expert support, advanced diagnostic capabilities and a large pool of rental and exchange engines.
"We stand behind our products and beside our customers with proactive, flexible customer service and aftermarket solutions to keep them flying and eliminate downtime," said Dussault. "With our comprehensive support capability, we are available around the clock and around the world with flexible service solutions to support any mission our customers fly."
The X4 marks the third application for the PW210 family of engines, joining the PW210S certified in 2011 and the PW210A which is slated for certification in 2013. P&WC is a leader in civil turboshaft engines for the civil helicopter market and continues to invest in new products for the future. P&WC helicopter engine deliveries have more than tripled over the last decade.
About Eurocopter (www.eurocopter.com)
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defence-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 per cent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's helicopters account for 33 per cent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with close to 600 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 49,000 engines in service on more than 28,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 200 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
P&WC has been taking front-line services to the next level with its Customer First Centre (CFirst). CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles more than 120,000 contacts every year.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE: UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.