Mary Ellen Jones, vice president, Sales, Asia Pacific & China, Pratt & Whitney, with Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo, at the launch of the airline's first A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® engine.
Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Engines Power Asia's First A320neo for IndiGo
IndiGo's first Airbus A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines, arrived in India on March 11, making it Asia's first A320neo. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
"The A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan engines will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price," said Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo.
"We are proud to provide IndiGo with engine technology that is a generation ahead to support the airline's rapid growth in India," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Engines, Pratt & Whitney. "For nearly 60 years, Pratt & Whitney continues to power commercial aircraft in India and we are excited to expand our relationship with airlines in India, such as IndiGo, with the PurePower engine. We are eager for customers to experience the unmatched benefits of this engine firsthand including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, emissions and noise."
In 2012, IndiGo placed one of the largest PurePower engine orders in Pratt & Whitney's history to power 150 Airbus A320neo family aircraft and a long-term maintenance agreement.
The PurePower engine family has completed more than 50,000 cycles and 32,000 hours of testing.
IndiGo is India's largest low-cost carrier, as well as the fastest growing carrier in the world according to the Centre for Aviation (CAPA). It operates services linking 34 domestic and five international destinations. Its main base is Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
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