Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announces that JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) has selected the Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine to power an additional 45 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. With the airline's previous order of 40 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, JetBlue has now committed to 85 GTF-powered aircraft, including both A320neo and A321neo models. Pratt & Whitney will also provide JetBlue with engine maintenance through a 15-year EngineWise™ service agreement.
"This agreement is an investment in the future of our fleet. Pratt & Whitney has done an outstanding job developing a next generation engine for the Airbus A320neo family and has a proven record for service and support," said Jeff Martin, executive vice president operations at JetBlue. "By bringing the latest engine technology, these engines will allow us to maximize aircraft performance and efficiency, while lowering cost and our carbon footprint."
"We appreciate JetBlue's continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney with the selection of the GTF engine and our EngineWise aftermarket services," said Chris Calio, president of commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney. "We've been working with JetBlue and supporting them with our V2500® engines since they started operations in 2000. We look forward to powering their continued success for years to come."
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.
EngineWise represents a commitment to help customers optimize engine performance and keep their fleets running smoothly. It includes engine fleet data analytics and real-time intelligence to predict and prevent engine disruptions before they occur, significant investments in new technology and resources to improve our responsiveness and flexibility, and a growing portfolio of service offerings.