ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - NBAA - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Viking Air Limited today announced they have entered into a 10-year General Terms Agreement to supply PT6 engines, including the PT6A-34 for the Twin Otter aircraft. The announcement was made during the National Business Aviation Association's 65th annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX).
"This agreement bears witness to the strong bond P&WC and Viking Air have always enjoyed," said Denis Parisien, vice-president, general aviation products, P&WC. "The Twin Otter and the PT6 have always been and continue to be inseparable."
An industry icon and Canadian treasure, the Twin Otter is recognized for its rugged reliability in all environments and ability to land on any surface. "We are excited the PT6 engine and the Twin Otter are renewing their relationship," said David Curtis, president & CEO of Viking. "Just as when a customer buys the Twin Otter they're getting more than an ordinary aircraft, by buying the PT6, we're getting more than an ordinary engine. The PT6 and the Twin Otter are extraordinary together, and continue to bring out the best in each other."
Known around the world for its reliability and durability, the PT6 has captured more than 130 applications for general and business aviation, helicopters, commuter, utility and trainer aircraft. With more than 49,000 engines delivered, and close to 400 million hours flown, the PT6 is the world's most popular engine in its class. Compared to the first PT6A model, today's engine is up to 4 times more powerful, with a 40% better power-to-weight ratio and up to 20% better specific fuel consumption (SFC).
"PT6 engines are used by 7,000 operators around the globe and stand as a testament to how P&WC reinvents its products to meet emerging customer needs," concluded Parisien. "Although other engine OEMs have tried, none have come close to matching the versatility and reliability of the PT6. We have consistently taken advantage of aerodynamic and material technology advancements to enhance the performance of the PT6 without significantly increasing its size."
Come and see us at NBAA, booth no. 3160
Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.
We never forget that your engine has our name on it. So we work to keep it flying efficiently and reliably. P&WC has built the largest, most comprehensive customer service network in the industry around its 10,000 customers who operate in 200 countries.
Through its Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore, P&WC is always just a call or click away, providing unparalleled technical support. The P&WC network includes 30-owned or designated repair and overhaul facilities, seven parts distribution centres, 100 Field Support Representatives, mobile repair teams, 800 rental/exchange engines and 12 customer training facilities operated through FlightSafety International. P&WC offers comprehensive Pay-per-Hour service for fleet operators and business and general aviation customers, with more than 7500 engines currently enrolled in P&WC-backed hourly cost programs, including the ESP® and FMP® programs.
P&WC also offers repair and overhaul of components and accessories, and the sale of new, exchange and used serviceable parts. Advanced diagnostics are also offered, moving operators towards a totally planned operating environment.
About Viking Air
Viking is a first tier original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specializing in de Havilland aircraft products. Viking is the type certificate holder for the DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-2T Turbo Beaver, DHC-3 Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, DHC-4 Caribou, DHC-5 Buffalo and DHC-7 Dash 7 aircraft. Viking has 30 years of experience with de Havilland products.
In 2006, Viking accepted the transfer of the type certificates for seven legacy de Havilland aircraft and is committed to providing quality parts and services to de Havilland owners and operators worldwide.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. There are currently more than 49,000 engines in service on more than 28,000 aircraft. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with more than 600 million hours in the air, are an industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.