Pratt & Whitney engines power Mitsubishi Regional Jet's first flight

Pratt & Whitney said its PurePower engines have successfully powered the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) in its first flight.

Mitsubishi was the first airframer to select the PurePower Geared Turbofanâ„¢ engine.

With more than 23,000 hours of testing and perfecting, including 40,000 cycles, the PurePower engine continues to prove its capabilities in the skies. Now, Pratt & Whitney has three PurePower engines powering the next-generation of aircraft.

The PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family has about 7,000 orders, including options, with more than 70 customers from more than 30 countries.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. It is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, which is based in Farmington, Connecticut, and which provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.