• Joe Breitfeller

Volaris Selects Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to Power an Additional 80 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

The Mexico City based LCC has selected Pratt & Whitney to power an additional 80 Airbus A320neos and will also receive engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement.


Volaris Airbus A320neo Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Thursday (February11, 2021), Pratt & Whitney announced that Mexico City based LCC, Volaris, has selected the company’s quiet and fuel efficient GTF engines to power an additional 80 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. Additionally, Volaris will receive engine maintenance through the company’s long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement. Previously, Volaris placed an order for 44 GTF powered A320neos, bringing their total commitment to 124 GTF powered aircraft. In Thursday’s announcement, Volaris’ CEO, Enrique Beltranena, said,


“This selection will expand upon the fuel savings we have already been realizing with the GTF engine. We are always looking for new ways to better serve our passengers. These GTF engines will help us further grow our network of routes and give us a strong foundation for the future.”


Also commenting on the new GTF order, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, added,


“We’ve been honored to help Volaris grow from its first V2500-powered flight in 2006 to the successful airline it is today. We are proud to continue powering their growth with the world-class fuel efficiency and economics required for their low-cost operations.”


In addition to the new Volaris order, three other airlines affiliated with Indigo Partners including JetSMART in Chile, Wizz Air in Hungary and Frontier Airlines in the U.S., have selected GTF engines to power their A320neo Family fleets. Combined, the four carriers have committed to a total of 619 GTF powered aircraft.


Pratt & Whitney’s state-of-the-art GTF engine entered service in 2016 and has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, NOx emissions by 50 percent, versus the industry standard, and reduce the noise footprint by 75 percent.


Based in Mexico City, Mexico, Volaris is an Indigo Partners affiliate, and the first North American carrier to fly the Airbus A320neo. The airline currently operates 30 GTF powered a320NEO Family aircraft as well as a fleet of 56 Pratt & Whitney V2500® A320ceo Family aircraft.


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

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