Pratt & Whitney and JetBlue Airways Finalize Agreement for PurePower® PW1100G-JM Engines for Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft
FARNBOROUGH, Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Pratt & Whitney and JetBlue Airways signed a definitive agreement for PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 40 firm A320neo family aircraft finalizing the MOU announced in late 2011. The agreement includes 86 PurePower engines with a long-term PureSolutionSM maintenance service agreement. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2018. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“The PurePower engine is optimally designed for our future fleet of A320neo aircraft,” said Dave Ramage, vice president technical operations for JetBlue Airways. “The benefits of improved fuel efficiency, lower operating cost and a minimal noise footprint make the PurePower engine a prudent investment in our future.”
“We are very pleased that JetBlue selected us becoming the first U.S. airline to select the game-changing PurePower engine for its A320neo aircraft family," said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines president. “We look forward to helping JetBlue reduce costs and provide a reliable, cost-efficient product with improved fuel efficiency - the greenest engine available.”
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 double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency and environmental emissions as well as a 50 percent reduction in noise.
New York’s Hometown Airline ™ JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. JetBlue serves 71 cities with 800 daily flights, with plans to begin service to Cartagena, Colombia and Samaná, Dominican Republic later this year. For more on JetBlue, visit www.jetblue.com.
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