Embraer selects Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan engine

Pratt & Whitney, a US-based aerospace manufacturer, has announced that Embraer SA, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has selected its PurePower Geared Turbofan engine as the exclusive power for its new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family.

Planned to enter service in 2018, the Embraer E-Jets equipped with PurePower PW1700G and PW1900G engines will offer significant reductions in fuel burn, emissions, noise and operating costs compared to today's aircraft.

"Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engines allow us to offer our customers the very best technology and lowest operating costs," said Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado. "Pratt & Whitney's extensive engine testing and validation process has positioned them to meet our economic and environmental improvement targets as well as the program timeline for the new generation of the E-Jet aircraft family."

"The Geared Turbofan has proven to be truly innovative by setting new standards for fuel burn, emissions and noise reduction," said Pratt & Whitney president David Hess. "Embraer's selection of the PurePower engine is another significant endorsement of this game-changing technology."

"We are proud that Embraer has recognized the unmatched value of the PurePower engine, and we are committed to supporting a successful launch of the new E-Jet aircraft family," Mr Hess continued. "To date, Pratt & Whitney has completed more than 4,200 hours and 12,400 cycles of full engine testing for the PurePower engine family, demonstrating the benefits and reliability of the engine architecture."

Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine's fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine.