Pratt & Whitney has announced Air Tanzania has taken delivery of the airline´s first A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, the company said.
Air Tanzania, headquartered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will be the first airline based in Africa to operate GTF engines and the A220 aircraft.
The United Republic of Tanzania, represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) signed an agreement for two Pratt & Whitney GTF-powered Airbus A220 aircraft and one Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150-powered Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in December 2016. The airline will be utilizing the aircraft for domestic and international operations, expanding their routes and growing beyond Africa.
The GTF engines offer proven economic and environmental benefits with the ability to fly farther with less fuel, making Air Tanzania´s decision to expand their route network a viable solution.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines, and auxiliary power units.