No success would be possible without the contribution and trust of our customers. P&WC could proceed with confidence when, in 1981, at the beginning of the program, de Havilland, Embraer and Aérospatiale and Aeritalia selected the PW115 and PW120 for their regional turboprop aircraft.
When P&WC designed the PW100, it worked closely with aircraft manufacturers to deliver the best match between the engine and the aircraft. In fact, a number of employees moved to customer locations, flew with customers and liaised with employees back in Canada to optimize the engine to customer requirements.
Today, we salute NorOntair (now Porter Airlines), who marked the first commercial flight of a Dash 8-100 from de Havilland Aircraft powered by two P&WC PW120A engines. To the sound of bagpipes, the aircraft solemnly departed Sault Ste. Marie and headed for Kapuskasing, Timmins and Sudbury in Ontario, Canada, on a cold December morning in 1984.
Thirty years later, the market remains strong for turboprop engines from regional airlines. In 2013, we delivered our 1,000th PW150A engine to Bombardier Aerospace for the popular Q400 aircraft and the 1,000th engine to ATR, a PW127A powering the ATR 42 and 72 aircraft.