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Alcoa Aluminum Fan Blade Deal Announced

Pratt & Whitney and Alcoa announced Monday at the Farnborough Airshow that Alcoa will forge the first-ever aluminum alloy fan blade in a jet engine.

Typically, fan blades have been made from titanium. General Electric is developing ceramic composite blades for its competitor to the PurePower engine, the LEAP-1.

"Combining Alcoa's proprietary alloys and unique manufacturing processes with Pratt & Whitney's design, we cracked the code on forging an aluminum fan blade that is lighter and enables better fuel efficiency," said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.

Alcoa said the 10-year contract with Pratt is worth $1.1 billion.

"The PurePower...

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