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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Manas Receives First Airbus A220-300 Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan-based Air Manas has taken delivery of their first Airbus A220-300 powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines. The new aircraft is on lease to the carrier from GTLK Middle East.

Air Manas Airbus A220-300 - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney/Airbus

On Monday (April 26, 2021), Pratt & Whitney announced the delivery of Air Manas’ first Airbus A220-300 powered by the company’s GTF engines on lease through GTLK Middle East. The Airbus A220 Family of aircraft, powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, offers substantially lower operating costs and double digit reductions in fuel burn and carbon emissions versus previous generation aircraft. The A220 also provides a 75 percent reduction in noise footprint, based on a 75 dB noise contour, as well as NOx emissions which are 50 percent below the ICAO CAEP/6 regulation.

In Monday’s announcement, Air Manas’ Director General, Talgat Nurbaev, said,

“We are delighted to welcome the first GTF-powered A220 aircraft to our fleet. These new, state-of-the-art engines will allow us to better serve our customers with the economic benefits of lower fuel burn.”

Also commenting on the aircraft delivery, Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,

“We’d like to welcome Air Manas to the Pratt & Whitney family. We’re excited that they will be the first A220 operator in the CIS region, and we look forward to supporting them for years to come.”

Founded in 2006, Air Manas is one of the rapidly growing airlines in the Kyrgyz Republic. The carrier is based at Manas International Airport (FRU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and operates a fleet of Boeing 747-400s and 737-800s, as well as a newly delivered Airbus A220-300. Air Manas also operates their own certified aviation technical base for aircraft maintenance.

A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine. In 2020, the company celebrated their 95th year in business.

Source(s): Pratt & Whitney, Air Manas

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