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Korean Air Chooses Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to Power up to 50 New Airbus A321neos

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

From the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, Pratt & Whitney announced that Korean Air has selected Pratt & Whitney’s quiet and efficient GTF engines to power up to 50 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The Airline also plans on joining P&W's PW1100G-JM GTF MRO network.

Korean Air Airbus A321neo - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney/Airbus

Pratt & Whitney announced from the Singapore Airshow Tuesday that Korean Air has selected the manufacturer’s quiet and efficient GTF engines to power up to 50 Airbus A321neos on order. Korean Air expects deliveries of the new aircraft to begin in 2021. Additionally, Pratt & Whitney is in discussions for the Korean Air Maintenance and Engineering Division to join the company’s PW1100G-JM MRO network. In Tuesday’s announcement, Korean Air’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Soo-Keun Lee said,

“We look forward to continued efficiency, fuel savings and environmental benefits of these latest A321neo aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney FTF engine. Joining the GTF MRO network is a significant milestone that will allow Korean Air to enhance MRO capability.”

Many of the aircraft in Korean Air’s fleet are powered by Pratt & Whitney including 10 Airbus A220-300s powered by PW1500G engines. Korean Air widebodies that utilize Pratt & Whitney engines include 18 Boeing 777s, six 747s and 29 Airbus A330s. The carrier also operates 10 A380s which are powered by the Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, which is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric. Also commenting on Tuesday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo added,

“Pratt & Whitney has shared a long-standing relationship and history with Korean Air dating back to the late 1960s and we are honored to power their next-generation fleet. We appreciate Korean Air’s continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney, and we remain committed to supporting their fleet for many years to come.”

Pratt & Whitney’s wildly 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 nitric oxide emissions by 50%, compared to the regulatory standard. A division of United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs).

Source: Pratt & Whitney

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