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Palash Roy Chowd­hury, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pratt & Whitney In­dia, in con­ver­sa­tion with Neetu Dhu­lia of SP’s AirBuz.

Neetu Dhu­lia (SP’s): What is Pratt & Whitney’s con­tri­bu­tion to the emerg­ing aviation mar­ket in the coun­try? Palash Roy Chowd­hury (Chowd­hury): Pratt & Whitney is part of United Tech­nolo­gies Cor­po­ra­tion, one of the world’s largest sup­pli­ers of aerospace prod­ucts, with an es­tab­lished pres­ence in In­dia. Of­fer­ing en­gine so­lu­tions for over seven decades now, Pratt & Whitney has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in In­dia’s aviation growth story. The com­pany’s prod­uct suite in­cludes large commercial engines, mil­i­tary engines, small jet and tur­bo­prop engines and other gen­eral, re­gional and civil­ian pow­ered flight engines. Best known for its ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and unique man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques, Pratt & Whitney is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued cus­tomer sup­port to meet the new de­mands of the 21st cen­tury. The com­pany is proudly lead­ing the in­dus­try by cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pro­cesses, in­no­va­tive ser­vices and more ef­fi­cient engines. There are well over 100 air­craft in In­dia pow­ered by V2500 engines made by Pratt & Whitney and In­ter­na­tional Aero Engines AG, a con­sor­tium in which Pratt & Whitney is a ma­jor­ity share­holder. The com­pany is now de­liv­er­ing the PurePower® Geared Tur­bo­fan™ engines for Air­bus air­craft or­dered by air­lines in In­dia. There are also ten C-17 mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft in In­dia that are pow­ered by Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engines.

To­day Pratt & Whitney Canada pow­ers close to 400 air­craft in gen­eral aviation, busi­ness aviation, re­gional air­craft and he­li­copters in In­dia. This in­cludes small tur­bo­prop in PT6 class and PW127 and PW150 on Re­gional air­craft, PW300, PW500, PW600 tur­bo­fans on cor­po­rate jets and tur­boshaft engines such as PT6B, PT6t and PW200. Pratt & Whitney Canada also pow­ers the lat­est Tur­bo­prop train­ers (Pi­la­tus) in­ducted by the In­dian Air Force. Pratt & Whitney is trans­form­ing aviation with the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced engines on the commercial engines, mil­i­tary engines, small jet and tur­bo­prop engines, and other gen­eral, re­gional and civil­ian pow­ered flight engines. With 26 de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion en­gine pro­grammes, to­day is one of the most ex­cit­ing chap­ters in Pratt & Whitney’s his­tory. SP’s: How do you fore­see In­dia’s Aviation mar­ket in view of the UDAN scheme? Chowd­hury: In­dia is an im­por­tant strate­gic mar­ket for Pratt & Whitney and we see a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity in the In­dian govern­ment’s re­gional connectivity scheme, UDAN which will ac­cel­er­ate air travel pen­e­tra­tion through re­gional connectivity and will make air travel af­ford­able for many in In­dia. UDAN scheme is a game-changer, as it will stim­u­late re­gional connectivity through a mar­ket-based mech­a­nism thereby cre­at­ing huge de­mands for air travel. This will also act as a mul­ti­plier ef­fect in unlocking In­dia’s tourism po­ten­tial, in­creas­ing trade and cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties across ver­ti­cals. As we move for­ward, we are slated to have hun­dreds of Geared Tur­bo­fan engines pow­er­ing air­craft in In­dia. This will be one of the largest in­stall bases for our GTF en­gine on air­craft. In the re­gional connectivity space, air­craft such as the ATR or Q400 are pow­ered by P&W Canada engines. As a long-cy­cle busi­ness, Pratt & Whitney has and will con­tinue to make sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments in shap­ing the fu­ture of In­dia’s civil aviation sec­tor. We un­der­stand and are com­mit­ted to serv­ing the grow­ing de­mands of our cus­tomers with a fu­tur­is­tic ap­proach of im­prov­ing the jet en­gine tech­nol­ogy, which will power the in­dus­try for decades to come.

SP’s: How does Pratt & Whitney con­trib­ute in re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print? Chowd­hury: Pratt & Whitney is de­vel­op­ing and pow­er­ing nextgen­er­a­tion propul­sion sys­tems and tech­nolo­gies that pro­vide an im­me­di­ate path to fuel ef­fi­ciency, lower emis­sions and noise re­duc­tion.The need to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion is one of the key re­quire­ments of the aviation sec­tor. We have come out with a com­bi­na­tion of im­proved en­gine tech­nol­ogy, aero­dy­namic im­prove­ments and weight-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy in our engines which are ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print.The PurePower GTF engines are a leader in sus­tain­able aviation. Th­ese engines are clean­ers, greener and qui­eter.

Cleaner. The Pure Power PW1000G en­gine fam­ily cuts fuel con­sump­tion by 16 per­cent ver­sus to­day’s best engines from re­gional jets to main­line sin­gle-aisle air­craft. Fuel ef­fi­ciency with the new-gen­er­a­tion of engines will save air­lines about 15 bil­lion gal­lons of fuel, low­er­ing fuel costs by $40 bil­lion from now to 2025. We are work­ing on Gen2 tur­bo­fan tech­nol­ogy which is tar­get­ing ad­di­tional fuel burn sav­ings for the 2020s and be­yond.

Greener. The re­duc­tion in emis­sions among the new-gen­er­a­tion engines will al­low air­lines to avoid 160 mil­lion tonnes of CO2 emis­sions through 2025 and cut car­bon emis­sions by more than 3,600 met­ric tonnes ev­ery year; equiv­a­lent to tak­ing three mil­lion cars off the road.

Qui­eter. The PurePower PW1000G en­gine fam­ily re­duces the noise foot­print by 75 per­cent. That ef­fec­tively means that in a sur­round­ing airport com­mu­nity, such as LaGuardia Airport in the New York City area, about 500,000 fewer airport neigh­bours will be im­pacted with the noise from take­off and land­ing.

The GTF is al­ready val­i­dated for five dif­fer­ent ad­vanced bio­fu­els, and we are co-lead­ing the process of ap­prov­ing even more. GTF engines address the whole pic­ture, fuel, emis­sions, noise and main­te­nance. SP’s: Could you elab­o­rate on your Make in In­dia ini­tia­tives? Chowd­hury: In­dia is one of the most im­por­tant strate­gic mar­kets. Pratt & Whitney recog­nises the coun­try’s world-class engi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal pro­fi­cien­cies as well as mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties it of­fers. As a com­pany that is deeply em­bed­ded in In­dia as an in­vestor, we firmly sup­port the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign that trans­lates the govern­ment’s vi­sion of mak­ing In­dia a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub. We in­tend to con­trib­ute to the sus­tain­able economic growth and gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties by build­ing a strong ecosys­tem for nur­tur­ing in­no­va­tion and jet en­gine pro­duc­tion in the coun­try. Pratt & Whitney sources engi­neer­ing and de­sign ser­vices from a num­ber of In­dian com­pa­nies for some of its most ad­vanced aerospace prod­ucts. We have over 1,000 en­gi­neers in In­dia work­ing on global projects. We have es­tab­lished a chair and a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence at the renowned In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence fo­cus­ing on high-end re­search in the area of turbo ma­chin­ery. SP’s: Tell us about the Pratt & Whitney’s Cus­tomer Train­ing Cen­tre In­dia. Chowd­hury: Pratt & Whitney opened its Global Cus­tomer Train­ing Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad, In­dia in Septem­ber 2015. This is the third cen­tre of its kind in the world af­ter US and China and has been es­tab­lished to sup­port our cus­tomers in the re­gion. The cen­tre will also help address the short­age of a skilled work force in In­dia’s aviation in­dus­try. This world-class fa­cil­ity re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from DGCA in April 2017, which means that the train­ing cen­tre is now fully ap­proved to of­fer DGCA-ap­proved train­ing ses­sions on V2500-A5 engines. It is ex­pected to soon of­fer cour­ses on PW1100G-JM and other mod­els from the PurePower® Geared Tur­bo­fan™ fam­ily of engines. We have al­ready pro­vided over 2000 stu­dent days train­ing and are work­ing with a num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties and state govern­ments to es­tab­lish a ro­bust aviation skill de­vel­op­ment plat­form in the coun­try. SP’s: How do you plan to han­dle the glitches in the engines of the A-320neo air­lin­ers? Chowd­hury: We are ef­fec­tively ad­dress­ing the early-ser­vice items with the help of our part­ners and cus­tomers. The engines are per-


form­ing as promised in terms of fuel ef­fi­ciency, emis­sions and re­duc­tion of noise foot­print. The GTF engines con­tinue to pro­duce 16 per­cent fuel ef­fi­ciency, 50 per­cent car­bon emis­sion re­duc­tion and 75 per­cent noise re­duc­tion, mak­ing it the en­gine of choice for the fu­ture. SP’s: Can you tell us about Pratt & Whitney’s af­ter­mar­ket ser­vice EngineWise™? Chowd­hury: Pratt & Whitney of­fers a unique com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion that can help im­prove en­gine main­te­nance plan­ning for cus­tomers. Pratt & Whitney is uni­fy­ing its af­ter­mar­ket ser­vice port­fo­lio through EngineWise™, the branded suite of af­ter­mar­ket ser­vices, and will in­tro­duce new of­fer­ings to sup­port cus­tomers’ evolv­ing needs. It il­lus­trates our com­mit­ment to pro­vide smart main­te­nance so­lu­tions to help our cus­tomers re­spond faster to their op­er­a­tional needs to run their busi­nesses ef­fi­ciently. A key el­e­ment of EngineWise is our use of data to pre­dict main­te­nance needs and pos­si­bly pre­vent off-wing events, in part­ner­ship with our cus­tomers. Our phi­los­o­phy is shared in­tel­li­gence; the smarter we are to­gether, the bet­ter ser­vice we can pro­vide our cus­tomer. It of­fers a num­ber of ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing: State-of-the art data an­a­lyt­ics and real-time in­tel­li­gence to help pre­dict and pre­vent op­er­a­tional dis­rup­tions be­fore they oc­cur. Sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in new tech­nol­ogy and re­sources to in­crease re­spon­sive­ness and flex­i­bil­ity. A grow­ing port­fo­lio of ser­vice of­fer­ings to pro­vide smarter, more straight­for­ward so­lu­tions. Im­proved cus­tomer com­mu­ni­ca­tions to drive more trans­parency and connectivity with our cus­tomers. Ma­jor of­fer­ings un­der the Pratt & Whitney EngineWise Ser­vice brand in­clude: Fleet Man­age­ment Pro­grammes – A cus­tomised, com­pre­hen­sive dol­lar-per-flight-hour agree­ment to op­ti­mise cost of own­er­ship over the life cy­cle of an en­gine. En­gine Over­haul Ser­vices – For op­er­a­tors who pre­fer the as­sur­ance of a fixed price or time and ma­te­rial en­gine main­te­nance so­lu­tion. Ma­te­rial So­lu­tions – New and ser­vice­able parts and part re­pair ser­vices pro­vided by the en­gine OEM de­signed to ex­tend part life and im­prove resid­ual value. New ser­vice of­fer­ings will con­tinue to be added over time, based on cus­tomer needs. SP’s: Can you briefly talk about your new brand plat­form – ‘Go Be­yond’ and what it fo­cuses on? Chowd­hury: We re­cently launched ‘ Go Be­yond’ - our new brand plat­form which rep­re­sents both the com­pany’s long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to ac­cel­er­at­ing the tech­nol­ogy of mod­ern flight and the ‘never stop solv­ing’ mind­set of our em­ploy­ees. Over the course of Pratt & Whitney’s 90-plus year his­tory, one el­e­ment of cul­ture has al­ways stood out and that is ded­i­ca­tion to push­ing lim­its and ‘ going be­yond’ to find the next great in­no­va­tive step for­ward. Ev­ery day we touch upon lives of peo­ple who de­pend on Pratt & Whitney engines in ser­vice to­day and it is a sin­gu­lar hon­our for ev­ery­one at Pratt & Whitney. This new plat­form is based on three solid im­per­a­tives: Em­pow­er­ing our em­ploy­ees. Op­ti­mis­ing our op­er­a­tions. En­gag­ing cus­tomers to trans­form their ex­pe­ri­ence. With this new promis­ing plat­form, We ‘ go be­yond’ for our part­ners, cus­tomers, and most of all, for each other, be­cause we un­der­stand what we do re­sults in peo­ple con­nect­ing with each other, economies ben­e­fit­ing from greater ac­cess to mar­kets and trade, and en­sur­ing mil­i­taries around the world are mis­sion ready. P&W has al­ways been a leader in in­no­va­tion and we take a pur­pose­ful ap­proach to our dig­i­tal strat­egy to con­tinue our in­dus­try lead­er­ship. Our story goes be­yond just data points, to the cre­ation of prac­ti­cal, prag­matic so­lu­tions that drive em­ployee’s well­be­ing and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. We are in­tent on de­liv­er­ing this value through pru­dent in­vest­ments, build­ing and ex­pand­ing our dig­i­tal so­lu­tions to get there. SP’s: You have been ap­pointed as the Chair­man of USIBC In­dia-Task Force on Civil Aviation. What are the ob­jec­tives of this task force? Chowd­hury: I am hon­oured to be en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of lead­ing this ini­tia­tive at a time when the In­dian aviation in­dus­try is poised to scale new heights. With the Task Force, we in­tend to sup­port growth of US cor­po­ra­tions in In­dia by align­ing with the pri­or­ity ar­eas of the In­dian govern­ment and fur­ther nur­ture the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship and job cre­ation to suc­cess­fully con­trib­ute to the global econ­omy in the com­ing years.The In­dia-Task Force aims to pro­mote bilateral dialogue by be­ing the voice of the in­dus­try, partnering with govern­ments to organise trade mis­sions and ad­vo­cat­ing for reg­u­la­tory changes on behalf of its mem­bers. The Task Force will en­gage with var­i­ous stakeholders to pro­mote in­ter­na­tional best practices and address po­ten­tial hur­dles that sur­face as American and In­dian com­pa­nies deepen engagement in In­dia’s burgeoning civil aviation mar­ket. SP’s: What all is be­ing done in the regime of bio-fu­els? Can you share the sta­tus on its im­ple­men­ta­tion? Chowd­hury: Pratt & Whitney has world-lead­ing ex­per­tise in the de­vel­op­ment, test­ing, val­i­da­tion and com­bus­tion engi­neer­ing of sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive jet fu­els (SAJF). Mil­lions of gal­lons of SAJFs have been con­tracted by commercial air­lines with var­i­ous fuel sup­pli­ers world­wide and Pratt & Whitney engines seam­lessly fly with it ev­ery day. Our com­pany con­tin­ues to ex­am­ine ways to ex­pand our in­volve­ment with and us­age of SAJFs within our own op­er­a­tions. More ro­bust facts are as un­der: Five sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive jet fu­els (SAJFs) are ap­proved for use in commercial jet air­craft to­day. Seven more are in the test­ing and ap­proval cy­cle. All are blends of a pure bio-fuel or syn­thetic fuel with con­ven­tional pe­tro­leum-based Jet-A. P&W has world-lead­ing ex­per­tise in SAJF com­po­si­tions, test­ing, val­i­da­tion, and com­bus­tion engi­neer­ing P&W has a key tech­ni­cal lead­er­ship po­si­tion within the ASTM sub­com­mit­tee re­spon­si­ble for SAJF ap­proval. All en­gine OEMs par­tic­i­pate in the ap­proval process and all have to con­cur on ap­proval. Once ap­proved, SAJF may be used in any man­u­fac­turer’s engines. Ap­proved SAJFs are func­tion­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able from con­ven­tional Jet-A fuel. Mil­lions of gal­lons of SAJFs have been con­tracted by commercial air­lines with var­i­ous fuel sup­pli­ers world­wide and P&W engines seam­lessly fly with it ev­ery day. The prin­ci­ple ad­vo­cacy group for SAJF is the Commercial Aviation Al­ter­na­tive Fu­els Ini­tia­tive (CAAFI). P&W is very active within CAAFI, with lead­er­ship po­si­tions in­clud­ing co-lead of CAAFI’s R&D tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee. P&W is con­tin­u­ously ex­am­in­ing ways to ex­pand our in­volve­ment with and us­age of SAJFs within our own op­er­a­tions.

Pratt & Whitney is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued cus­tomer sup­port to meet the new de­mands of the 21st cen­tury. The PurePower GTF engines are a leader in sus­tain­able aviation. Th­ese engines are clean­ers, greener and qui­eter. Pratt & Whitney is trans­form­ing...

P&W Cus­tomer Train­ing Cen­ter in Hy­der­abad

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