Pratt & Whitney Selected to Power Cathay Pacific Freighter Fleet
(Source: Pratt & Whitney; issued July 17, 2006)
FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW --- Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, was selected by Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong to power its new fleet of six Boeing 747-400ERF aircraft. Cathay Pacific signed the agreement with Pratt & Whitney last month in Hong Kong.

The deal includes 24 PW4062A installation engines and three spare engines. Its value exceeds $300 million at list prices.

“Pratt & Whitney is providing us with an economical and very reliable engine for our new fleet,” said Derek Cridland, engineering director of Cathay Pacific.

“We are absolutely delighted that Cathay Pacific Airways has chosen Pratt & Whitney to power these new 747-400ERF aircraft with our PW4062A engines,” said Steve Heath, president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “Our PW4000 engines are an excellent choice of power for these widebody aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is extremely proud to do business with Cathay Pacific Airways, and we are committed to exceeding their expectations.”

The PW4062A engine is the highest thrust PW4000 engine available on the 747. It provides exceptional reliability, competitive fuel performance and excellent environmental characteristics. Today, more than 2,700 PW4000 family engines are in service with 90 million hours of cumulative service experience.

Cathay Pacific is also purchasing second-hand 747-400s, the majority of which are powered by PW4000 engines. These aircraft are entering service either as passenger aircraft or as converted freighters under a previously announced deal with Boeing.

Pratt & Whitney has more than 17,000 aircraft engines in service with hundreds of airlines around the world. Additionally, Pratt & Whitney is a leading partner in two joint venture companies to manufacture commercial aircraft engines: the International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500, which operates on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, and the Engine Alliance (EA) GP7200 engine, FAR 33 certified on the new Airbus A380.


Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems 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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