Spirit Airlines Selects Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to Power Additional 150 A320neo Family Aircraft
Spirit Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power their latest order of 100 firm and 50 options for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The fleet will also be covered by a new EngineWise® Comprehensive long-term maintenance agreement.
On Monday (October 25, 2021), Pratt & Whitney announced that Spirit Airlines has selected GTF engines to power their latest order of 100 firm and 50 options for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, with deliveries expected to begin in 2023. The carrier’s fleet will also be covered by a new EngineWise Comprehensive long-term maintenance agreement. Including today’s order, Pratt & Whitney has received over 1,200 GTF orders and commitments during 2021. As the first A320neo operator in the U.S. and Canada, Spirit previously selected GTF engines to power 55 owned and 13 leased A320 neo Family aircraft, of which 43 have been delivered. Spirit also operates a fleet of 125 A320ceo Family aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney V2500® engines. Since the airline’s founding in the early 1980s, Spirit has relied on Pratt &Whitney engines, originally with DC-9 and MD-80 derivatives featuring JT8D engines.
In Monday’s announcement, Spirit Airlines’ Chief Financial Officer, Scott Haralson, said,
“Spirit operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, and this order for the latest GTF engines, combined with our existing pipeline of brand-new aircraft, will ensure we continue leading the way. Pairing new planes with the latest engine technology from our long-term business partner Pratt & Whitney allows us to accomplish our mission of delivering the best value in the sky.”
Also commenting on Spirit’s new GTF order, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,
“We are honored to extend our long-standing relationship with Spirit. We appreciate Spirit’s continued confidence in us – and in the unmatched economic and environmental performance that our GTF engines are delivering.”
Since entering service in 2016, Pratt & Whitney GTF engines have delivered in the promise to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions by 16 percent on A320neo Family aircraft. The engines also offer reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent compared to the regulatory standard and a noise footprint reduction of 75 percent.
Miramar, Florida-based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to offering the best value in the sky with service to destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. The airline allows customers to select and pay for only the products and services they want, something they call “À La Smarte.” Spirit also operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. The carrier proudly calls their youthful fleet of aircraft their “Fit Fleet®.” Spirit Airlines will add 16 new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neos to their fleet in 2021 and an additional 24 aircraft in 2022.
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): Pratt & Whitney, Spirit Airlines