Pratt sees widebody options for geared turbofan

Transportation Reuters

By Karen Jacobs and Tim Hepher

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Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp <UTX.N>, is looking to win more engine orders at this week's Paris airshow.

Chief Executive David Hess said he expected deals for the upgraded A320 this week. "Orders for the neo you're going to see are astounding," he told Reuters in an interview a day before the official start of the Paris airshow.

Pratt's geared turbofan has more than 1,200 engines on order, including options, for the Bombardier <BBDb.TO> CSeries, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Airbus A320neo family of aircraft.

Pratt also builds the engine used on the early production models of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being built by defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N>.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher and Karen Jacobs; Editing by Diane Craft)