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The same forces causing the engine of the global economy to sputter on its way to recovery are weighing on Pratt & Whitney’s attempts to match the steeply climbing rate of production at Airbus, its most important commercial engine customer.

Rick Deurloo, in his first interview as President of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, told The Air Current that “we had a plan coming into this year and the supply chain is stretching it, and a big part of that is labor.”

The engine maker is about 70 engines behind its previous delivery plan, a figure first shared by Raytheon Technologies chief executive Greg Hayes in April. “We still are off of that,” said Deurloo.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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