Pratt & Whitney Canada Passes One Billion Flight-Hour Milestone


Pratt & Whitney Canada announced last week that its engines have now logged one billion flying hours since the company was founded in 1928. According to Pratt & Whitney, it has produced more than 110,000 engines to date with over 66,000 currently in service. The company makes products for segments including business aviation, general aviation, regional transport, rotorcraft and auxiliary power units.

“Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere on the planet, whether they’re driving commerce, reuniting families, or powering humanitarian missions, emergency medical services, or search and rescue missions,” said Pratt & Whitney Canada President Maria Della Posta. “Achieving one billion flying hours is made possible by the dedicated team at Pratt & Whitney Canada along with our customers, suppliers and the extended P&WC community.”

Pratt & Whitney is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of its PT6 engine family. Introduced in 1963, more than 64,000 PT6 engines have been produced so far. The latest version, the PT6 E-Series, was launched in 2019 and features integrated electronic propeller and engine control, along with auto-start, full digital envelope protection and single-lever operation.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. Nice to hear. I hope they can resist/adapt to government mandated changes and fly another billion hours. Dark times ahead.

    • What’s more impressive is coordinating 66,000 engines such that one is taking off or landing every second of the day – or did they leave out, “on average,”?

  2. The push for biodiesel jet fuel.

    The push to close airports.

    The push to spend cubic dollars of money on electrification.

    Government takeover of the direction of the automobile industry is well underway.

    The attack on the oil and natural gas and coal industries.

    The attack on motorcycles and aviation has begun.