• Joe Breitfeller

Frontier Airlines Selects Ultra-Efficient Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines for 134 Airbus A320neos

The Denver-based carrier announced a major deal with Pratt & Whitney and will power 134 Airbus A320neos with the company’s ultra-efficient GTF engines. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from 2022 and include 49 A320neos, 67 A321neos and 18 A321XLRs.


Frontier AirbusA320neo, Pratt & Whitney GTF Livery - Courtesy Frontier Airlines

On Monday (January 25, 2021), Frontier Airlines announced a major deal with Pratt & Whitney for the company’s ultra-efficient GTF engines. Under the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide engines for 134 Frontier Airbus A320neo Family aircraft including 49 A320neos, 67 A321neos and 18 A321XLRs. In total, the agreement includes 268 installed engines plus spares, as well as an engine maintenance agreement that includes on-site technical support. The GTF engines offer maximum fuel efficiency and noise reduction and align with Frontier’s commitment to reducing their environmental footprint as ‘America’s Greenest Airline.’ In Monday’s announcement, Frontier Airlines’ President and CEO, Barry Biffle, said,


“Frontier Airlines is at the forefront of green innovation in the airline industry and this deal for advanced GTF engines from Pratt & Whitney is extremely significant in our continued action plan to reduce fuel consumption. Frontier is already the most fuel-efficient U.S. airline and operating this new engine technology will result in additional fuel savings which translates to operational cost reductions we can pass on to consumers in the form of low fares.”


Also commenting on the major GTF deal, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,


“It is with immense pride and excitement that we welcome Frontier Airlines to the Pratt & Whitney family. With the GTF engine, Frontier will be getting more than fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility; Pratt & Whitney will be with Frontier every step of the way, supporting their operations for decades to come.”


The other three airlines affiliated with Indigo Partners, Volaris in Mexico, Jet SMART in Chile and Wizz Air in Hungary, are long-time Pratt & Whitney customers and operate both A320ceos powered by V2500® engines as well as A320neo Family aircraft powered by GTF engines. Combined, the four Indigo Partners’ affiliate airlines have committed to 539 GTF-powered aircraft.


The Pratt & Whitney GTF (geared turbofan engine allows each part of the engine to spin at its optimal speed, delivering the highest level of fuel efficiency and economic benefit to airlines. When compared to previous generation engines, the GTF reduces fuel burn and carbon emissions by 16 percent and delivers a noise footprint reduction of 75 percent. Additionally, the engines reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to 50 percent below the regulatory standard.


Frontier Airlines operates the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S., which, when combined with the carrier’s seating configuration, weight-saving tactics, and baggage processes, have contributed to an average 43 percent fuel savings compared to other U.S. airlines. With 150 new Airbus aircraft on order, Frontier will continue to grow and deliver on their mission of providing affordable travel across America.


Airbus A320neo with Pratt & Whitney's GTF Engines - Courtesy Frontier Airlines/Airbus

Frontier Airlines is committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” The Denver-based carrier operates the largest Airbus A320neo fleet in the U.S. and is a leader in sustainability initiatives and carbon reduction efforts. Frontier offers customers the ability to customize travel to their needs and budget, including base fares, a-la-carte options and one low-priced bundle called the WORKS. Frontier’s commitment to families includes their ‘Discount Den’ travel club which allows children 14 years and younger to fly free on qualifying flights. The airline’s family friendly FRONTIER Miles loyalty program allows guests to earn one mile for every mile flown and permits the family pooling of miles, making it easier to earn rewards.


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): Frontier Airlines, Pratt & Whitney

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