• Joe Breitfeller

Pratt & Whitney Delivers 1,000th GTF Powered Aircraft to Sichuan Airlines

Pratt & Whitney now powers over 1,000 aircraft with GTF engines with the delivery of a GTF-powered Airbus A320neo Family aircraft to Sichuan Airlines. GTF engines currently power Airbus A320neo and A220 Family aircraft as well as Embraer E2 E-Jets.

Sichuan Airlines Airbus A321neo Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Monday (May 17, 2021), Pratt & Whitney announced the delivery of their 1,000th GTF-powered aircraft to Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. The milestone marks the 30th GTF-powered A320neo Family aircraft in the Sichuan fleet, with 51 more on order. The Chinese carrier also operates 87 A320ceos powered by Pratt & Whitney V2500® engines. GTF engines currently power three families of aircraft including Airbus A320neos, Airbus A220s and Embraer E2 E-Jets.

Marking the delivery, Sichuan Airlines’ Chairman, Li Haiying, said,

“We are honored to take delivery of the 1,000th GTF-powered aircraft. We offer our congratulations on this milestone, which is a testament not only to the unmatched economic and environmental performance of GTF engines, but also the long-term relationship we have enjoyed with Pratt & Whitney.”

Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,

“GTF-powered aircraft have introduced the world to a new era of more sustainable aviation with dramatic reductions in emissions and noise. Together with the engine’s unmatched fuel efficiency, world-class reliability, and comprehensive service offerings, we are delivering competitive solutions for our customers. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate this milestone with Sichuan – and with all our valued operators around the world.”

Pratt & Whitney GTF engines power the fleets of 54 airlines around the world. Since the engine’s introduction in 2016, they have accumulated more than 8.9 million flight hours, saved over 490 million gallons (1.8 billion liters) of fuel, and have avoided more than 4.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions. The GTF engines offer world-class dispatch reliability and have delivered on their promised ability to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions by 20 percent, as well as a dramatically reduce an aircraft's noise footprint. To date, the engines have been selected by over 80 airlines and lessors, who have placed orders and commitments for over 10,000 engines.

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: Pratt & Whitney