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Japan trio to develop small-jet engines with Pratt & Whitney

Mitsubishi Heavy, partners see demand for better fuel efficiency

Europe's Airbus makes a bold promise of "unbeatable fuel efficiency."

LE BOURGET, France -- U.S. aerospace company Pratt & Whitney and a team of Japanese manufacturers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have agreed to develop next-generation engines for small commercial aircraft, aiming to install them in the increasingly popular planes by the 2030s.

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