With a burgeoning middle class, India is poised to become the third largest aviation market in the world in terms of passengers by 20241. Investment in airport infrastructure between 2018 and 2023 is expected to total Rs. 420-450 billion (US$ 5.99-6.41 billion)1. India’s MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) industry is forecast to grow from 2018 levels of US$ 800 million to US$2.4 billion by 2028.1
All of this to confirm that India’s aviation industry bustles with opportunity and at Pratt & Whitney, we’re committed to helping the country and its citizens achieve their full potential.
We have deep roots in India. More than 60 years ago, Air India began flying the Boeing 707-427 commercial passenger jet which was powered by our JT3D engines. Today, we power a wide range of aircraft -- general and business aviation aircraft, helicopters, commercial jet liners, regional turbo props, and auxiliary power units (APUs). In total, we have 1,700 engines flying in the country, aboard more than 900 aircraft, being flown by 185 different operators.
The General Aviation industry was almost single-handedly created by our now iconic PT6A turboprop engine that powers a number of Beechcraft King Air twin-engine aircraft currently flying in India. The PT6A has spawned some 130 different aircraft applications and has flown an astounding 430 million hours. The all-new PT6 E-Series™ engine powers the Pilatus PC-12 NGX, extending the PT6A legacy for generations to come.
In Business Aviation our workhorse PW300 engine family powers some of the most prolific aircraft in private operation today, including the Dassault Falcon 2000, 7X and 8X. The new PW800 business jet engine has been selected for three new aircraft being produced by Gulfstream (G400, G500 and G600) and the Dassault Falcon 6X.
We also power nimble, multi-mission helicopters operating today in India, including the PT6T Twin-Pac®-powered Bell 412 (offshore energy, utility, corporate and firefighting). Our PW200 engine family powers helicopters such as the Leonardo AW109, the Bell 409 and the Airbus H135 (popular for EMS, air and taxi charter).
Our PW100 Regional Turboprop2 engine family powers fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly aircraft from ATR which are flown by Air India’s Alliance Air, IndiGo, and Trujet). The De Havilland Company’s Q-400 (operated by SpiceJet in India) is powered by the PW150 engine family. Regional turboprops consume 40% less fuel and produce 40% fewer emissions compared to similar-sized regional jets.
In Commercial Jet Aviation, our industry changing GTF™ engine powers the Airbus 320neo and 321neo and the V2500 engine powers Airbus 320ceo (A320 family aircraft are flown in India by IndiGo, GoAir and Vistara). Many of these Airbus aircraft rely on our APS 3200 auxiliary power unit, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses our APS5000 APU.
In India, we have been shaping the regional aircraft market with the De Havilland Dash 8 (PW150 engines) and the ATR 72 and 42 (PW100 engines). We power vast majority of turboprop aircraft on the market today, from the first 90-passenger De Havilland Dash 8-400 delivered to SpiceJet in September 2018 to single-engine sea planes. More than 50 ATR and De Havilland aircraft with PW100 family engines are in service with Alliance Air (Air India), IndiGo, SpiceJet and TruJet – with another 50 still coming to IndiGo and SpiceJet.
To support our engine fleet in India, we have a robust customer service network and offer a suite of specialized solutions for proactive engine maintenance and cost-saving programs. This includes our FAST™ diagnostic and prognostic solution, our oil analysis technology, and our P&WCSMART portfolio which helps extend the life of mature aircraft.