Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Air Astana, the award-winning Kazakh flag carrier, have celebrated delivery of the airline´s first Airbus A321neo aircraft, the company said.
The aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofanâ¢ (GTF) engines, arrived at the airline´s hub in Almaty, Kazakhstan on December 30 and is scheduled to start passenger service on January 16.
Air Astana operates several aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney and its joint venture International Aero Engines, including the PW4000-powered 767 and the V2500-powered A320 family. The airline has ordered several GTF-powered aircraft, including A320neo, A321neo and Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.
Pratt & Whitney is a world provider of the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.