February 15, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 12:36 pm

Pratt piles up Asia air show engine orders ...

East Hartford jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney Co. is striking gold at Southest Asia's largest air show, garnering orders for 171 of its new-generation PurePower geared turbofan airliner engines.

Pratt announced two deals: One with Indian air carrier Go Airlines for 144 engines for its new fleet of 72 Airbus A320neo airliner; the other with TransAsia Airways for 27 engines for its A321neo aircraft.

TransAsia also ordered engines built by International Aero Engines, the East Hartford engine consortium in which Pratt is a partner, for six regular versions of the twin-engine A321.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. But with prices estimated at $7 million to $8 million each, the combined value of the orders could well be in the range of $1 billion.

A day earlier, Pratt announced a $200 million engine deal with flag carrier Korean Air for 10 PW4170 Advantage70 turbines.

The GoAir and TransAsia Airbus-neo jets will have Pratt's PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. TransAsia's regular A321s will use IAE's V2500 series engine.

Meantime, Pratt also announced at the Singapore Air Show plans to train a new generation of aircraft mechanics in Taiwan, authorities say.

Pratt and longtime education partner, National Formosa University, signed a three-year memorandum of understanding allowing its students undergo six weeks of tutoring in commercial engine maintenance as well as other professional training at Pratt's Customer Training Center in Beijing.

Pratt is a division of United Technologies Corp. in Hartford.

Pratt and the university launched an industrial cooperation program in 1996, resulting in establishment of the Department of Aviation Engineering Technology.


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