Boom Time for Civil Engine Makers
Also entering flight testing is the PW1200G-powered Mitsubishi MRJ, which completed its first flight on Nov. 11, from Nagoya, Japan. A version of this engine, the PW1700G, is in development to power the E175-E2 as well, set to enter service in 2020. Pratt is also completing engine-level certification tests of the PW1400G, which will power the Irkut MC-21. The first engine, complete with its Bombardier Belfast-provided integrated propulsion system, was delivered to Irkut in July 2015; the second was delivered by year-end. The nacelle, which comprises systems and a combination of composite and metallic structures, is based on technology developed under the U.K.-funded Environmentally Friendly Engine program. Pratt says total orders for all versions of the geared turbofan now stand at more than 7,000 from more than 70 customers. The company has delivered over 100 engines to date for development, testing and production with approximately 300 more expected to be delivered in 2016 as Embraer, Mitsubishi and Irkut continue development and Bombardier and Airbus enter service.