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Pratt to Supply Spare Engines as Turbofan Glitches Persist

  • Subtitutes are part of goal to build 350-400 engines in 2017
  • Indian carriers have biggest operating fleet of A320neos
Left to right, Daniel Baubil, head of Airbus Group NV's A320 unit, Alain Bellemare, president and chief executive officer of United Technologies Co., Klaus Roewe, senior vice president for Airbus Group NV's A320neo unit, John Leahy, chief operating officer of Airbus Group NV, Tom Williams, vice president of programs at Airbus Group NV, Paul Adams, president of Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Co., and Thomas 'Tom' Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus Group NV, gather around the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM jet engine of an Airbus A320neo aircraft following a successful debut flight at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in Toulouse, France, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The Toulouse, France-based manufacturer's long-term forecast predicts demand for almost 9,300 wide-body planes worth $2.5 trillion -- 1,500 of those in the 400-seat-plus bracket occupied by the A380 -- and more than 22,000 single-aisle planes valued at $2.1 trillion in the market dominated by the A320 and Chicago-based Boeing's 737.
Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg
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Pratt & Whitney plans to reserve roughly 13 percent of this year’s production of its geared turbofan engines to replace faulty units as the manufacturer rushes to deal with a series of glitches. 

As many as 42 Pratt engines, which propel Airbus Group SE’s A320neo jets, had to be removed prematurely around the world as of Feb. 24, according to India’s civil aviation regulator, citing combustion-chamber and bearing distress. India has the largest fleet of A320neos at present, and the country’s aviation regulator last month ordered two operators to inspect power plants with over 1,000 hours of service.