Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada
Industry Aerospace
Founded November 1928 (1928-11)
Headquarters Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Key people
John Saabas (President)
Products Turbine aircraft engines
Gas turbines
Number of employees
Parent Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC or P&WC) is a Canada-based aircraft engine manufacturer. PWC's headquarters are in Longueuil, Quebec, just outside Montreal. It is a division of the larger US-based Pratt & Whitney (P&W), itself a business unit of United Technologies.[2] United Technologies has given PWC a world mandate for smaller aircraft engines while P&W's US operations develop and manufacture larger engines.

Although PWC is a division of P&W, it does its own research, development and marketing as well as the manufacturing of its engines. The company currently has 9,200 employees worldwide, with 6,200 of them in Canada.[1]


The Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, Ltd. was founded in November 1928 to act as a service centre for P&W aircraft engines.[3] During World War II, it assembled Pratt & Whitney Wasp series engines built in the U.S. In 1952, the production of Wasp engines was transferred to P&WC so P&W could concentrate on developing jet engines.

In the late 1950s, a team of 12 P&WC engineers began the development of the first small turbine engine in Canada, the PT6. The first example was delivered to a customer in 1963.

In 1962, the company was renamed United Aircraft of Canada(UAC), a unit of United Aircraft and assumed its current name in 1975.[4]

In 1963 a total of 41 Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (originally CHSS-2) helicopters were delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy. The airframe components were made by Sikorsky in Connecticut but most were assembled by UAC in Longueuil, Quebec.



As of March 2014, Pratt & Whitney Canada operates the following aircraft as test beds for new engines:

Pratt and Whitney Canada Fleet:
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747SP 2 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-80R 2 0


  1. 1 2 "Corporate Profile: Fast Facts". About P&WC. Pratt & Whitney Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  2. PW Fast Facts page Archived June 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Leyes, p. 433
  4. Leyes, p. 434
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