EASA certifies the ATR’s new Pratt & Whitney Canada 127N engines
The new engines will start being introduced in the ATR 72-600s of the Latin American carrier Avianca
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the ATR 72-600 aircraft for the use of new PW127N engines. Following in the PW127M’s flight path with over 10 million hours of operation, the PW127N provides a 4.5% power increase for Maximum Take-Off ratings (MTO), thus enhancing performance in hot and high operating conditions. The PW127N will be rolled out progressively to Avianca’s ATR fleet throughout 2014 and 2015. The first ATR 72-600 of Avianca equipped with the new PW127N engines will be delivered in the coming weeks, and will enable the airline to get better performance at take-off on airports in altitude like their hub in Bogota, Colombia. Field conversions from the PW127M to the PW127N will be feasible with minor hardware modifications. The new PW127N engines recently obtained a first certification from Transport Canada (TC), the Canadian Airworthiness Authority and now the EASA certification as well.
John Saabas, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, declared: “We continue to enhance our PW127 family and we will introduce additional features in early 2016 that will enhance the performance of the PW127M and PW127N engines.” He added: “As we have done for decades, we continue to reduce fuel burn and increase the reliability of our engines. This in turn, enhances the competitiveness of the regional turboprop.”
Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declared: “We are very satisfied with the good work which has been performed by the Pratt & Whitney, ATR and the Certification Authorities teams in order to develop an enhanced engine that will clearly further enhance the operational capabilities of the newest ATR 72-600s. Thanks to the PW127N engines, airlines operating in mountain environments will benefit from further improved performances, while keeping their operating and maintenance costs at very competitive levels”.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada:
Founded in 1928 and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC). UTC is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open over 130 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.