Korean Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Pratt & Whitney to provide its PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines for 30 firm plus 20 option A321neo aircraft. The PurePower engine family has completed more than 19,000 hours and 34,000 cycles of full engine testing, including 5,000 hours of flight time. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"We look forward to further enhancing our fleet with Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engines," said Walter Cho, executive vice president, Korean Air. "Our customers expect operational efficiency and reliability from Korean Air; the PW1100G-JM engine will ensure we meet those expectations with the added benefit of a step-change improvement in environmental performance."
"From our PW4000 engines to our PW1500G engines, Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air have had a fruitful partnership and we are excited to expand our relationship with our PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft," said Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We are proud to provide Korean Air our industry-changing PurePower engine, which will enable the airline to slash regulated emissions by almost half."
Korean Air, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the world's top 20 airlines. The airline offers flights to 129 cities in 46 countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, 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.
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