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United Airlines Chooses Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to Power 120 Airbus A321neo and A321XLRs

From the Paris Air Show today, Pratt & Whitney announced that United Airlines has selected GTF® engines to power 70 Airbus A321neo and 50 A321XLR firm aircraft orders.


United Airlines Airbus A321neo Rendering - Courtesy Airbus/Pratt & Whitney

On Sunday (June 18, 2023), from the Paris Air Show, Pratt & Whitney announced that United Airlines has selected the GTF™ engine to power 70 Airbus A321neo and 50 A321XLR firm aircraft orders, the first of which are scheduled to be delivered later this year. United Airlines and Pratt & Whitney share a 90+ year relationship as part of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, together with Boeing, flying the Boeing Model 40 aircraft with a single Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine. Currently, Pratt & Whitney powers over 250 United Airlines’ aircraft, including the Airbus A320ceo with V2500® engines, and the Boeing 767 and 777 with PW4000 engines.

In Sunday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s President of Commercial Engines, Rick Deurloo, said,


“United and Pratt & Whitney share a celebrated history as pioneers of commercial air travel, as well as a commitment to more sustainable aviation as we look forward. GTF engines will enable United to get the most out of their A321neo and A321XLR aircraft, delivering industry leading payload, range and environmental performance for those aircraft types.”


The Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine, featuring Collins Aerospace nacelle and accessories, offers Airbus A320neo Family operators the greatest fuel efficiency and reduced GHG emissions. GTF-powered aircraft deliver fuel consumption and emissions reductions of 16 to 20 percent, a reduction of NOx emissions of up to 50 percent compared to ICAO CAEP/6 regulations and a 75 percent smaller noise footprint versus prior generation aircraft. Currently, GTF engines are certified to run on 50 percent SAF, and have been successfully tested to run on 100 percent SAF.


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.



Source: Pratt & Whitney

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