Pratt & Whitney has entered passenger service with Spirit Airlines, supplying the company´s PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine on the airline´s Airbus A320neo, the company said.
The aircraft made a passenger service flight from Detroit to Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 16. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Spirit Airlines calculated that on the 2,000 mile flight between Detroit and Los Angeles, the new aircraft saved about 422 gallons of fuel compared with the previous model. Performance on other aircraft also confirms that the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine reduces fuel burn by 16 percent, lowers emissions by 50 percent and reduces the noise footprint by 75 percent.
Spirit Airlines has ordered 55 of Airbus´ latest narrow-body passenger jets, each powered by Pratt & Whitney´s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. Eight carriers are flying 22 GTF engine-powered aircraft across the globe. GTF engines have earned more than 30,000 revenue hours and more than 20,000 take-offs and landings.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp. provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.