Pratt & Whitney and Aviall Services will work together to distribute JT9D spare parts under a recent deal. The contract calls for Aviall to supply Pratt OEM spares to JT9D operators, which number more than 1,200 globally.

"By working with Aviall to distribute all JT9D spare parts, we can offer enhanced value to our customers while simultaneously managing our inventory and supply chain more effectively," said Todd Kallman, president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We have worked closely with Aviall and are confident that their broad distribution network will continue to support our customers with the world-class customer service they expect from Pratt & Whitney."

Produced from 1969 through 1990, the JT9D powers 747s, 767s, A300s, A310s and DC-10s. Currently there are more than 1,200 of these engines installed worldwide. Pratt intends to work with Aviall to ensure that core competencies of inventory forecasting and management, field sales and marketing, product fulfillment, quality management and technology-backed tools transition smoothly for customers.

"It is a perfect match of their exceptional products and our aftermarket expertise," Aviall President and CEO Paul Fulchino remarked. "The signing of this agreement is another step in expanding our diverse business portfolio for continued long-term growth."

Pratt also recently completed the first phase of flight testing for the PurePower PW1000G demonstrator engine (formerly the Geared Turbofan) on the company's 747SP flying testbed. The engine completed 12 flights and ran approximately 43 hr., with tests focused on performance and operability.

"The first phase of our flight test program included full-power takeoffs, inflight performance up to 40,000 feet altitude, engine operability including inflight starting, and engine operation at extreme aircraft maneuvers," VP-Next Generation Product Family Bob Saia said.

The PW1000G completed a 250-hr. ground test program in May following thousands of hours of development testing accumulated on 16 technology rigs at Pratt & Whitney and partner facilities around the world.

"We now look forward to testing the PW1000G engine on the Airbus A340 flight test aircraft," added Saia. "This second phase of testing, which will include approximately 75 flight hours, will focus on engine performance and acoustic testing while providing valuable installation and operating data."

Airbus will fly the PW1000G on its flight test aircraft and test results are expected to contribute to research and technology assessments of new engine configuration developments.

Last year, the PW1000G was selected to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Bombardier CSeries. In March, the MRJ program announced its first customer with an order from ANA and in July, Lufthansa expressed interest in the CSeries. Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service in 2013.