Posted on February 24, 2015 linda strong aviation manufacturer
Japan Airlines announced that they have ordered Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation to deliver a fleet of thirty-two Mitsubishi Regional Jet aircraft. Originally signed with a letter of intent on August 28, 2014, the agreement was more recently finalized to move forward on January 28, 2015. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of next-generation aircraft designed to provide seating for 70 – 90 passengers. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to begin in 2021.
To power the 32 aircraft, Japan Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney to provide PW1200G engines. The PurePower PW1200G Engine is next-generation engine featuring a fan drive gear system. With 3D aerodynamics, the engine is composed of lightweight materials such as a composite fan case. Technological improvements include upgrades in the compressor, combustor, turbine, controls, and engine health monitoring systems. With over 6,200 orders, the PurePower PW1200G engine has become one of the more popular next-generation engines on the market. The contract between Japan Airlines and Pratt & Whitney also calls for fleet management support services for the engines.
With a combination of the PW1200G engines and the Mitsubishi Regional Jets, Japan Airlines looks to offer a state-of-the-art aircraft that combines exceptional operational benefits along with a decrease in fuel usage, noise, and emissions.
Pratt & Whitney is one of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturing companies. With competitors such as General Electric and Rolls-Royce, the company produces aircraft engines which are used in military and civilian applications. The company is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, operates with over 31,500 employees, and has met yearly revenues of over USD$14 billion.
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