The PW100’s remarkable 30-year journey has been made possible by the airframe OEMs and airlines that seized the opportunities the engine created. In doing so, they gave birth to the modern regional airline business that exists around the globe. In this post, we speak with Filippo Bagnato, who was CEO of ATR from May 2010 to May 2014. The ATR 42 entered into service in 1985 powered by PW100 engines. Successive iterations of the aircraft have also been powered by the PW100, including the ATR 72-600, which has a 66- to 68-passenger capacity. The ATR 72-600 capitalized on the demand from regional carriers for larger, faster turboprops that emerged throughout the first decade of the new millennium.
PW100 ENGINE POWERS 1,400 ATR AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY 190 AIRLINES AROUND THE WORLD.
Biographical note: Mr. Bagnato has enjoyed a long career of leadership in the European aviation sector. In 2011, under his leadership, ATR reached a new sales record for its aircraft, recording 145 firm aircraft orders and an additional 72 options by September 29 of that year.
P&WC: What has the PW100 enabled your company to do?
Filippo Bagnato (FB): “The PW100 was a solid contributor to the success of ATR and helped us achieve the sale of 1,400 aircraft. Selecting the engine was the right decision for ATR, and it helped drive our success. Today, some 190 airlines around the world fly our aircraft.”
P&WC: How would you characterize the PW100 engine?
FB: “The engine’s success is related to the fact that it is a money-maker for the airlines. In order for the engine to be a money-maker, it’s fundamental that the economics of the aircraft are good because that’s what’s important to the airline. When we partner with an airline, we do so for many years, so the reliability and performance of our aircraft are very important.”
P&WC: Why is your business better for using the PW100?
FB: “Simply put, the business is stronger partly because of the contribution of the engine.”
P&WC: How has the PW100 improved over time?
FB: “The engine has been around for 30 years, so obviously there has been continuous improvement. Our airline customers fly in all conditions, from Alaska to Africa, so it’s important for them to have the guarantee of a good level of performance and reliability in all types of conditions.”
P&WC: What are your hopes for the PW100?
FB: “I hope that P&WC continues with its improvement efforts. I think that we have to remain close to our customers – the airlines – so that we can continue to understand what they require.”
Editor’s note: Formed in 1981, ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players: Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and the Airbus Group. Its head office is in Toulouse, France. Sales of its regional turboprop aircraft have exceeded 1,400, with operators in more than 90 countries.