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Pratt & Whitney is a subsidiary of United Technologies Company (UTC) along with UTC Propulsion and Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft. United Technologies, founded in 1925, is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. Its headquarters is in East Hartford, Connecticut and its current president is David Hess. Pratt & Whitney in particular, is a global aerospace manufacturer of aircraft engines that are used for air forces all over the world, as well as in civil aviation. It is considered to be one of the three biggest aviation engine manufacturers in the world along with General Electric and Rolls-Royce.
Furthermore, it has joint ventures to conduct business with these companies and controls a large portion of the aviation market. It works with Engine Alliance in a joint venture with GE to produce engines for the Airbus A380. The company also works with the International Aero Engines company along with Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, and the Japanese Aero Engines Corporation to produce engines for the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 and Airbus A320 aircraft. In addition to engines, Pratt & Whitney also manufactures rocket engines, marine turbines, gas turbines for both power and industrial use, and spacecraft propulsion products. The company brings in annual revenue of $12.94 billion and a net income of $1.99 billion as of 2010. Pratt & Whitney’s divisions include the following: Commercial Engines, Global Material Solutions, Global Service Partners, Military Engines, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, International Aero Engines, and Engine Alliance Its sister companies, in addition to Sikorsky, are Hamilton Sundstrand, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Fire & Security, UTC Power, and Carrier Corporation. The company employs over 35,500 employees as of 2009 and serves over 9,000 customers in 180 different countries.
Originally Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company unveiled its first ever engine on Christmas Eve , the 425 horsepower R-1340 Wasp ,in 1925. Shortly thereafter, it passed qualification tests and the Navy ordered 200. The Wasp was a pioneer in aviation for the US, as it was the engine used in the flights of household names such as Amelia Earhart. Last year, Pratt & Whitney just signed a contract with Boeing to supply its PW4062 engines for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46 refueling tanker.
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