Lufthansa Selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G Engines for Airbus A320neo Aircraft Family
EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Monday, April 4, 2011
Lufthansa has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G engines for its order of 30 aircraft in the A320neo family. The order approved by Lufthansa's supervisory board on March 16 still requires contract closure with Airbus. The agreement between Lufthansa and Pratt & Whitney represents 60 PW1100G engines for the aircraft fleet with deliveries scheduled to start in 2016. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"We are very pleased with the improved fuel efficiency, noise reduction and environmental benefits of the A320neo family aircraft with the PurePower PW1100G engine," said Executive Vice President Lufthansa Group Fleet Management Nico Buchholz. "We have spent a lot of time with Pratt & Whitney to thoroughly understand the Geared TurboFan™ architecture, and we are convinced that the engine will deliver significant benefits."
Each Lufthansa Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today's engines.
"Pratt & Whitney's strong relationship with Lufthansa will grow further with these PurePower engines on its A320neo family-aircraft fleet," said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services president. "We are committed to deliver the most dependable engines with significant savings in fuel burn and operating costs, as well as considerable reductions in emissions and noise."
The PurePower engine 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 delivers fuel efficiency and environmental benefits.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an aviation company with operations worldwide. The Group operates in five business segments, which provide mobility and services for airlines. The business segments Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, IT Services and Catering each hold leading positions in their markets. In addition, the Lufthansa Group includes over 400 subsidiaries and associated companies.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning future business opportunities and other matters involving this engine that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include changes in the health of the global economy and the strength of end market demand in the aerospace industry; as well as company specific items including the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies including this engine, and new products including the engine discussed in this press release; and delays and disruption in delivery of materials and services from suppliers. For information identifying other important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K.