Labor shortage drives Pratt & Whitney engine shortfall

Pratt, looking for staff to build and maintain engines, is trying to keep up with Airbus.

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Release Date
July 13, 2022
Labor shortage drives Pratt & Whitney engine shortfall
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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