Pratt & Whitney Canada announced today its PT6B-37A turboshaft engine will power 25 new AgustaWestland AW119Kx helicopters from Finmeccanica through its contract with Sino-US. The helicopters will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd (Kingwing), a prime helicopter operator in China, which has established a dedicated emergency medical services (EMS) project entitled China Helicopter Air Ambulance supporting the Chinese EMS sector. The contract between Finmeccanica and Sino-US is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through to 2017. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"The selection of the PT6B-37A-powered AW119 helicopters speaks to P&WC's quality, reliability and seamless customer service experience," said Irene Makris, vice president, Marketing, P&WC. "We are thrilled and honoured to be a key part of supporting Finmeccanica, Sino-US and the operator Kingwing - in the business of EMS missions, responding to emergencies and saving lives."
The PT6B-37A engine is based on the highly successful PT6T-3D Twin-Pac® engine, which shares the same turbomachine and builds upon the proven PT6 turboshaft in-service experience. Time between overhaul of the turbomachine was recently increased from 3,000 hours to 4,500 hours, a reflection of the demonstrated durability and reliability of the PT6B-37A. This engine is equipped with an electronic engine control system which provides rotor governing under all conditions.
Come and see us at HAI Heli-Expo, booth #1817. Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.
Founded in 1928, P&WC is a global leader in aerospace that is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.