EAST HARTFORD, Conn., July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), and Turkish Airlines celebrated delivery of the airline's first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines, is the first of the air carrier's order of 92 firm GTF-powered A321neo aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide Turkish Airlines with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise™ service agreement.
"We are very excited to integrate our first GTF-powered A321neo aircraft into our ever-expanding fleet," said Ahmet Bolat, chief investment and technology officer, Turkish Airlines. "This airplane and engine will allow us to provide a quiet flight experience to our passengers, expand our route network, and reduce fuel consumption."
Turkish Airlines currently operates a fleet of 97 V2500®-powered A320ceo family aircraft and 10 PW4000-powered A330-200 aircraft.
"We greatly appreciate the trust that Turkish Airlines has placed in our engines and services," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "Our history together goes back to the Wasp-powered Douglas DC-3. Today we are honored to extend our relationship, which has spanned seven decades."
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.
The V2500 engine is offered through IAE International Aero Engines AG, a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation; Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH; Japanese Aero Engines Corporation; and MTU Aero Engines GmbH.
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