P&W discusses GTF with various airports

By Megan Kuhn

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is working with about 20 airports worldwide to better understand local noise restrictions and requirements as the manufacturer targets a 2013 entry-into-service for its geared turbofan engine.

The company is talking with airports about how PW1000G-powered aircraft can obtain clearance to fly more direct trajectories because of the engine's reduced noise footprint, P&W next generation product family vice president Bob Saia tells ATI.

P&W is asking airports what tests they want conducted or what academic work needs to be done in order for operators to fly routes that reduce their fuel bill, he says.

Airports P&W is holding discussions with include New York LaGuardia, Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Osaka, Dublin and Adelaide, Australia.

The PW1000G has been selected by Bombardier to power the 110/130-seat CSeries and by Mitsubishi to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).

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