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China Express Airlines Takes Delivery of First Pratt & Whitney GTF Powered A320neo

Pratt & Whitney announced on Monday that Chinese regional carrier China Express Airlines Co. has taken delivery of their first Airbus A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s environmentally friendly and fuel efficient GTF engines.

China Express GTF-Powered A320neo - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney/China Express

Yesterday (June 29, 2020), East Hartford Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney announced that China Express Airlines Co. has taken delivery of their first Airbus A320neo powered by the company’s quiet and fuel-efficient GTF engines. With yesterday’s delivery, China Express now has 50 aircraft in their fleet, with 28 more A320neos on order. Chinese independent carrier China Express was founded in 2006 with a long-term focus on regional aviation in China. Home to one of the largest GTF-powered fleets in the world, the engines power over 120 Airbus A320neo aircraft for 10 Chinese airlines. Pratt & Whitney has served the Chinese aviation market for over 90 years and is growing their presence in training, service and support, with operations in 20 cities throughout China. In Monday’s announcement, China Express Airlines’ President, Mr. Li Zhi Liang said,

“Today is a significant milestone for our airline, and for the evolution of our growing fleet. The industry-leading technology that the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine brings enables us to offer passengers a quieter flight experience, while also meeting our goals to achieve reductions in fuel burn and emissions.”

Also commenting on Tuesday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo added,

“We’d like to congratulate China Express as they take delivery of their first GTF-powered A320neo aircraft and welcome the airline to our Pratt & Whitney family. Given the airline’s focus on fuel efficiency and sustainability, the GTF engine is the ideal solution and we value the trust they’ve place in our geared turbofan architecture. We’re ready to support China Express and their growing fleet well into the future.”

Pratt & Whitney’s extraordinarily successful GTF engines were introduced in 2016 and have lived up to their promise of reducing fuel burn by 16%, noise footprint by 75% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 50%, compared to the regulatory standard.

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 is celebrating their 95th year in business.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

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