February 14, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 12:34 pm

Pratt wins $200M Korean Air order

Korean Air ordered $200 million of jet engines from East Hartford's Pratt & Whitney Co. to power its five new Airbus twin-engine airliners, authorities say.

Announcing the deal from the Singapore Air Show Tuesday, Pratt said Korea's flag carrier will use the 10 PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power the wide-body A330s designed to haul as many as 335 passengers on long-distance routes.

The engines are assembled in Pratt's Middletown facility.

Pratt pitches the Advantage70 both as a new engine and as an upgrade kit for existing PW4168 engines. It claims the motors deliver higher thrust rates, while providing lower fuel consumption, increased durability, and reduced maintenance costs.

Pratt rivals General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce also make engines for the A330. Pratt is a division of Hartford's United Technologies Corp.

Also from Tuesday's air show, Pratt announced Asiana Airlines has chosen it to handle engine maintenance for three of its airliners powered by six of Pratt's PW4090 engines.

Financial terms of the six-year pact weren't disclosed.

The work will be done at Pratt's Eagle Services Asia engine overhaul facility in Singapore.


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