Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to Power 60 Air France Airbus A220-300s
The Air France-KLM Group has finalized an order for over 120 GTF engines to power their fleet of 60 Airbus A220-300s. The engines will be supported with a long-term comprehensive service agreement, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in September.
On Monday (February 1, 2021), Pratt & Whitney announced that the Air France-KLM Group has finalized an order for over 120 Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power a fleet of 60 Airbus A220-300s. The engines will be supported by a comprehensive long-term service agreement with engine maintenance planned to be carried out by AFI KLM E&M. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Air France in September 2021. In Monday’s announcement, Air France’s Chief Commercial Officer, Angus Clarke, said,
“Thanks in large part to Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, we expect our A220 fleet to deliver significant economic and operational benefits to Air France -- and far lower noise and emissions, which will benefit our customers, communities and planet. We look forward to working alongside Pratt & Whitney to serve our customers.”
Also commenting on the order finalization, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,
“We’re honored by the confidence that Air France has placed in our GTF engines and services, and we’re excited to welcome Air France back as a customer. We look forward to supporting them with their A220 fleet for years to come.”
The Airbus A220 is exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines which offer double-digit improvements in fuel burn and carbon emissions compared to previous generation engines. The engines also deliver a substantial noise footprint reduction as well as NOx emissions which are 50 percent below the ICAO CAEP/6 regulation.
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