Pratt & Whitney Jet Engines Need $40.7 Million Fix, FAA Says

U.S. airlines must spend an estimated $40.7 million to replace faulty seals on 869 jet engines, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a filing due for posting in the Federal Register tomorrow.

The order applies to United Technologies Corp. (UTX)’s Pratt & Whitney PW4000 family of engines, which power wide-body jet models including Boeing’s 747, 767 and MD-11, and Airbus’ A330 and A300. United Technologies is based in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The FAA action follows recommendations that Pratt issued to its customers more than a year ago, Katy Padgett, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mailed statement.

“Pratt & Whitney is working with its PW4000 customers to ensure the continued safety and reliability of these engines, while minimizing any impact to customer operations,” she said.

FedEx Corp., the Memphis, Tennessee-based company that delivers goods ranging from financial documents to pharmaceuticals, had said the FAA should order Pratt to help pay for replacements. The agency said it didn’t have such authority.

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