One billion flying hours reached by massive Mississauga aviation company

Published April 4, 2023 at 3:33 pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada's Mississauga location on Courtneypark Dr. E., near Pearson Airport.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a huge aviation company located near Pearson Airport in Mississauga, has achieved some pretty impressive milestones recently–including one billion flying hours since its formation nearly a century ago.

Formed in 1928, the company, which manufactures aircraft engines for a diverse collection of commercial and business clients, hit the one billion flying hours mark for its wide array of engines earlier this year.

It also makes engines for a variety of helicopters.

The manufacturer has also hit the six-decade mark of making its family of PT6 engines, which the company says are the most prevalent and versatile in global aviation.

Over the decades, the firm, which houses its Mississauga offices on Courtneypark Dr. E., has produced more than 110,000 engines, with more than 66,000 currently in service powering aome 16,000 customers.

“Aviation has the power to change the world. Our engines power aircraft that benefit millions of people every day,” said Pratt & Whitney Canada president Maria Della Posta. “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.

“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,” continued Della Posta. “We look forward to celebrating this achievement with them this year.”

The company notes that its PT6 engines have “…been embraced by fixed-wing and helicopter airframers around the world” and alone have accumulated some 500 million flying hours.

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