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FIRST RUN OF GEARED FAN DEMONSTRATOR SETS STAGE FOR P&WC's PW800 SERIES
Buoyed by the success of running a geared-fan Advanced Technology Fan Integrator demonstrator engine for the first time on March 17, Pratt&Whitney Canada President Gilles Ouimet hopes to win backing for a formal launch of the geared PW800 regional- and business-jet engine in about a year. "We need to have a [launch] customer that, obviously, has the credibility and that we know will come through with an aircraft that will succeed in the marketplace" to go ahead with the program, Ouimet told BA affiliate AviationNow.Com.