Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that ATR has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency certification for its regional turboprop aircraft powered by the new PW127XT-M engine.
“The PW127XT engine series is the new standard for operating economics, maintenance and sustainability for regional aircraft,” said Anthony Rossi, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “This certification, occurring less than a year after the new engine was unveiled at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, is a testament to the long and collaborative working relationship we have with ATR. This is an important milestone for the program, and we congratulate ATR on this achievement.”
The PW127XT engine series offers 40% extended time on wing, 20% lower maintenance costs and 3% improvement in fuel efficiency, which is owed to engine improvements and a step change in sustainability for the regional turboprop. Regional aircraft that are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW100 turboprop engine families already provide up to 40% improvement in fuel efficiency and related emissions over the flights they serve (up to 400 nm) compared with similar 30-70 passenger regional jet aircraft platforms. “We designed the PW127XT-M for ATR 72/42 aircraft with the latest materials and technologies to offer improved time on wing and fuel efficiency,” said Edward Hoskin, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “For example, we increased the capacity of both the low-pressure and high-pressure compressors, and we enhanced the efficiency of the power turbine. As well, we created a step change in all components cyclic lives supporting the improved time on wing and maintenance intervals.”