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PW2000 ACHIEVES 180-MINUTE ETOPS CERTIFICATION

 PW2000 ACHIEVES 180-MINUTE ETOPS CERTIFICATION
 EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pratt & Whitney


PW2000-powered Boeing 757 aircraft has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 180-minute extended twin operations (ETOPS).
 ETOPS certification officially confirms an engine's reliability. The PW2000-powered 757 is now permitted to fly efficient, extended routes that may take the aircraft up to three hours away from an alternative airport.
 According to Ron Woodward, vice president and general manager of Boeing's Renton division, "FAA certification reinforces what our customers have been experiencing in the field -- that the Boeing 757 is one of the most reliable aircraft in service today."
 Selwyn D. Berson, president of P&W's Commercial Engine Business, concurred, adding, "We're proud of our partnership with Boeing on the 757, and of the dramatic and sustained reliability improvements the PW2000 has achieved in living up to the Pratt & Whitney tradition of 'dependable engines.' "
 The PW2000 engine family has accumulated nearly 4 million hours on the Boeing 757 since entering commercial service in 1984. The first of Pratt & Whitney's new-generation turbofans, the PW2000 has captured 56 percent of 757 engine orders since being offered for the aircraft.
 In addition to proven reliability, the PW2000 offers its Boeing 757 customers a generous fuel burn advantage -- equating to an annual cost savings of up to $250,000 per aircraft -- versus the competition. The PW2000's advanced technology features include a full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) that continually monitors the engine's operating conditions, ensuring optimum performance.
 Pratt & Whitney is joined in the PW2000 program by three European partners: MTU of Germany, Volvo Flygmotor of Sweden and Fiat of Italy.
 The PW2000's thrust ranges from 37,000 to 41,700 pounds for the Boeing 757. A military version of the PW2000, the F117, powers the U.S. Air Force's new C-17 cargo plane. The PW2000 also is being certified for Russian transport aircraft.
 Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) based in Hartford, Conn.
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