Pratt & Whitney President David Hess's surprising disclosure that China's Comac is expressing interest in a version of the geared turbofan for its C919 regional jet adds new weight to the momentum behind Pratt's single-aisle engine strategy. A year ago, the PW1000G-series engine had established itself, thanks to its selection by Bombardier for the 110-130-seat CSeries, by Mitsubishi for the 70-90-seat MRJ and by Irkut for the 150-seat-plus MS-21. But none of those programs—at least, ...

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