9 JUNE 2014


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Article from BTNews 9 JUNE 2014

Bombardier CSeries problems

The failure of a Pratt & Whitney jet engine during testing on a Bombardier CSeries test aircraft last week is unlikely to have a significant impact on Bombardier's testing schedule, according to an executive at P&W parent United Technologies.

"We're working now with Bombardier on a plan to resume testing here in the next few weeks," Greg Hayes, Chief Financial Officer, United Technologies, told an investor conference.

The engine failure had raised concern about potential further delays for Bombardier's CSeries jet, which is already 18 to 24 months behind schedule.  Hayes' comments confirmed cautious optimism in the industry that the fallout from the 29 May incident would be limited.

A problem with Pratt's engine that involved its signature gearing system, known as the Geared Turbofan, could have broader repercussions, since the engine is offered on Airbus A320neo and other new regional jets. 

But a preliminary analysis showed the engine problem during stationary testing on the Bombardier CSeries did not relate to the engine's gearing system, Hayes said. Lead customer Lufthansa has confirmed confidence in both the aircraft and engine.  

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