Pratt & Whitney, a division of UTC (United Technologies Corp.) has announced they have obtained joint-type certification for the Airbus 321neo from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airbus A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engine and marks a significant milestone for the A320neo program and the entire PurePower engine family as a whole.
Through extensive and comprehensive testing Airbus has determined that the engine is meeting all of its performance targets which in essence validates the technology along with the value it presents to their esteemed customers. Airbus announced the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine in December 2010 over six years ago and Tom Pelland, Senior Vice President of Pratt & Whitney’s Commericial Engine Programs believes that the A320neo program continues to improve aircraft performance and operating economics while meeting and exceeding all of its commitment on emissions, fuel burn and noise.
With over 80 customers from over 30 countires, Pratt & Whitney’s customer base is still going strong and compared to the 737-800 engines, the PurePower GTF engine has blown its predecessor out of the water boasting reduced engine fuel consumption by 16%, noise foot print by 75% and regulated emissions by a whopping 50%.
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