LONDON – On 17 June 2022, Deutsche Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of Pratt and Whitney made a huge milestone regarding forwarding their agendas on the green revolution.
The PW127XT-S engine has been chosen to propel the Dornier D328eco German-made regional turboprop. This innovation will drive the industry better in the future and will lower operating costs in the future.
The development of the PW127XT-S powertrain will be in sync with the development of the D328eco.
Maria Della Posta, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada: “We have worked closely with the D328eco team over a number of years to develop the best engine option for the aircraft,”
She later added that: “The PW127XT-S provides airlines 40 per cent more time on the wing, a 20 per cent reduction in maintenance costs with only two scheduled events over 10 years, and a 3 per cent improvement in specific fuel consumption.”
“We support Deutsche Aircraft’s vision of building a green aviation company and we’re confident that the PW127XT-S is the ideal match for the D328eco.”
This also marks the beginning of intensive cooperation between the companies. Dave Jackson, managing director, Deutsche Aircraft said: “In addition to the engine selection announced today, Deutsche Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney Canada will collaborate on novel propulsion technologies for next-generation, climate-friendly, highly efficient regional aircraft,”
He added that: “Turboprop technology remains the most efficient and eco-friendly form of regional air transport available in the world.”
“Our two companies recently agreed to cooperate on enabling the PW127XT-S engine powering the D328eco to run on a 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) including hydrogen-based Power-to-Liquid (PtL) fuel.”
The Dorner aircraft uses 40 percent less fuel and emits 40 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than most regional jets within the range of up to 400 nautical miles. The two Canadian and German firms are very optimistic that the synergies that they have are crucial to reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
In fact, this ‘deal’ marks the beginning of the roadmap for the greening of the aviation world. The company will eventually work together in creating a roadmap for the test and the verification of the D328eco programme.
Jackson added: We seek not only to achieve the maximum CO2 emissions reduction possible but also look for real operative propulsion efficiency improvements compared to today’s technology. This would mean a reduction in the order of 15 to 25 percent block energy on a typical regional mission.”
Della Posta concluded that: “It is key that the major airframe and engine OEMs set out ambitious yet realistic timelines and capabilities to use novel propulsion technologies in combination with de-carbonized fuel capabilities.”
“Pratt & Whitney Canada is committed to continuous improvements in the efficiency and sustainability of its products and services, for customers in all market segments.”