Norwegian Air Shuttle chooses Pratt & Whitney engines for A320neo order

US jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said they signed a definitive agreement to power 50 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft with PurePower PW1100G-JM engines.

First delivery is scheduled for 2016. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

A320neo customers can choose either the PurePower engines or the CFM International LEAP-X engine models.

Each Norwegian Air Shuttle jet will be powered by two PurePower engines. Pratt & Whitney has announced orders for more than 3,500 engines that include announced and unannounced firm orders, plus options.

The PurePower family of engines uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine´s fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core deliver the improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions and noise, Pratt & Whitney said.

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has a route portfolio stretching across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. Norwegian operates 382 routes to 121 destinations.

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