Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), Delta Air Lines and Airbus Group has announced the selection of Pratt & Whitney´s Geared Turbofanâ¢ (GTF) engine to power Delta´s order of A321neo aircraft, the company said.
The order consists of 100 firm aircraft, and includes a 20-year EngineWiseâ¢ services agreement. Aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020.
This latest order follows Delta´s selection of GTF-powered Bombardier C Series aircraft in April 2016. The order, consisting of 75 firm aircraft with options for up to 50 additional aircraft and a 15-year services agreement, was Bombardier´s largest C Series order to date. Delta currently operates a fleet of more than 350 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, including the JT8D, PW2000, PW4000 and V2500 engines.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, lower regulated emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and lower 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.