Pratt & Whitney celebrates the Airbus A321neo joint Type Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certified A321neo is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"Today's announcement marks a significant milestone for the PurePower engine family and the A320neo program. We would like to congratulate Airbus and all the dedicated individuals at Pratt & Whitney who supported this achievement. The comprehensive testing Airbus conducted confirmed the engine is meeting its performance targets, which continues to validate our technology and its value to our customers," said Tom Pelland, senior vice president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engine Programs. "We value our partnership with Airbus on the A320neo program and achieving the common goal of helping our airline customers continuously improve aircraft performance and operating economics."
Airbus announced Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan engine as an option for its A321neo in December 2010. Six years later, the Geared Turbofan engine's ground-breaking technology is meeting commitments on fuel burn, noise and emissions at customer delivery.
The Pratt & Whitney PurePower family has more than 80 customers, for both announced and unannounced firm and option orders, from more than 30 countries. In-service performance of the PurePower GTF engine has demonstrated its ability to reduce engine fuel consumption by 16 percent, regulated emissions by 50 percent and noise foot print by 75 percent*.
Airbus is based in Toulouse, France.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in 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 the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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*A320neo engines compared to 737-800 engines