June 7, 2016: The new Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan, on seven Airbus A320neos,
have achieved more than 2,000 revenue cycles with no returns or rejected take-offs, says Bob Leduc, president of Pratt & Whitney. The engines have a 99.5% dispatch reliability. The last time this level was achieved was with the introduction of the Boeing 777, which at the same point had a 100% dispatch reliability rate.
There are 7,100 GTF engines in the backlog that will be delivered over the next 7-8 years, about one-third of the time it took to deliver the same number of V2500 engines.
There will be 58 customers by the end of 2018.
Leduc wouldn’t name customers who have complained about the teething problems of the GTF, although all media present knew he was talking about Qatar Airways, Indigo and Lufthansa Airlines. But he said the complaints aired in public by the unidentified customers were about holding PW’s feet to the fire and “grandstanding.”
The dispatch reliability, performance so far and meeting fuel burn and emissions promises belie the complaints, Leduc said.
“People sometimes question whether our technology is leading edge,” Leduc said. “Nobody else has a geared turbo fan.” Leduc also cited new engine technology on military aircraft, adding that in his view, nobody can now question whether PW is a leader in technology.
Despite the dramatic increase in commercial engine deliveries, the aftermarket business is forecast to increase only about 3% during the same period. The increasing on-wing time is the reason. About 80% of the new engines will be under MRO contracts with PW, typically about 10 years in duration.
“If I had to sum it up, I think Pratt is back and back in a big way,” Leduc said.