Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), congratulates JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) on its selection of 60 firm Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which are powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines. This announcement follows previous firm orders from JetBlue for GTF engines to power 85 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
"This selection marks a milestone for our airline," said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. "The role Pratt & Whitney has played in the development of this aircraft - and, in fact, all the great aircraft we've considered - is a testament to the company's vision and its talented team. We look forward to the benefits the GTF will bring to our airline and to our customers."
"We're honored by JetBlue's confidence in selecting the A220-300 aircraft which adds to their existing order of the A320neo family of aircraft both powered by the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine," said Chris Calio, president of commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney. "We've been powering JetBlue with our V2500® engines since they started operations in 2000. We now look forward to also supporting JetBlue across their two new fuel-efficient, next-generation aircraft platforms well into the next decade."
To date, the GTF-powered A220-300 fleet has flown more than 150,000 engine flight hours with three operators, traveling to 145 destinations. The GTF engines for the A220 aircraft continue to meet performance benefits including up to 20% lower fuel consumption, 50% reduction in NOx emissions to the regulatory standard, and 75% reduction in noise footprint.