Updated: Jan 11
Pratt & Whitney announced Tuesday the delivery of their 100th GTF engine powered Airbus A320neo family aircraft in China to Sichuan Airlines.
Today’s delivery of a Pratt & Whitney GTF engine powered Airbus A321neo to Chengdu China-based Sichuan Airlines, marked a milestone for the company. This aircraft was Pratt & Whitney’s 100th GTF powered aircraft delivered to the Chinese market since 2016. The new aircraft was leased to Sichuan Airlines from BOC aviation. According to the company’s press release, GTF engines have connected 20M passengers in China, saving Chinese operators an estimated 30M gallons of fuel to date. In Tuesday’s announcement, Sichuan Airlines Co Ltd. Chairman, Li Haiying said,
“Sichuan Airlines was one of the first in China to receive the GTF engine and today we are proud to take delivery of the 100th GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft in China, which is our 18th aircraft of this type. Pratt & Whitney has been powering Sichuan Airlines with its innovative aircraft engines and auxiliary power units since our inception, contributing to connectivity in the region. Sichuan Airlines continues to expand its fleet to offer new routes and destinations, and the GTF engine has helped us reduce fuel consumption and provide a quiet and environmentally-friendly ride for our passengers.”
With today’s delivery, 100 aircraft with nine Chinese operators are currently powered by Pratt & Whitney’s quiet and fuel efficient GTF engines. Since 2016, the engines have logged 580K engine flight hours with a 99.8% dispatch reliability rate. In addition to the fuel savings, the engines have also reduced 300K tons of carbon emissions. Over the next 20 years, China is expected to require around 7,000 new aircraft and the GTF engine is an example of Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to efficient and environmentally-friendly next generation engine design.
Source: Pratt & Whitney