MIAMI – Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Corporation division, has reached a milestone. In this regard, the company recently marked the delivery of the 1,000th aircraft powered by GTF engines.

Sichuan Airlines’ (3U) 30th Airbus A320neo was the 1000th aircraft powered by a GTF engine. In addition, 51 additional A320neo aircraft are on the airlines’ wish list.

Pratt & Whitney GTF. Photo: Pratt & Whitney

GTF Success Story

In a press release issued on May 17, the engine manufacturer stated that three different aircraft in service favor the use of GTF engines. The Airbus A320neo, Airbus A220, and Embraer E-Jets E2 are among them. About 54 airlines selected GTF engines due to their specifications and efficiencies.

Since its introduction in early 2016, the GTF engine family has provided on its promise of reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 20%. Furthermore, it aimed to significantly reduce emissions and acoustic footprint. The manufacturer believes that the GTFs are on a long journey to progress and that the historic moment is only the beginning.

The engine has saved more than 490 million gallons (1.8 billion liters) of fuel so far. In other words, it saved more than 4.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it had accumulated over 8.9 million flight hours.

Because the GTF engine is so efficient, when the pandemic outbreak began, these three aircraft were able to outperform other airliners in terms of utilization. According to the press release, Pratt & Whitney has received 10,000 orders and commitments from 81 customers around the world. Furthermore, the GTF engines that power the A320neo family successfully accomplished a world-class engine dispatch reliability rate of 99.98% in 2020.

Comments from Pratt and AIESL

“GTF-powered aircraft have introduced the world to a new era of more sustainable aviation with dramatic reductions in emissions and noise,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer and senior vice-president at Pratt & Whitney. “Together with the engine’s unmatched fuel efficiency, world-class reliability, and comprehensive service offerings, we are delivering competitive solutions for our customers. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate this milestone with Sichuan – and with all our valued operators around the world.”

“We are honored to take delivery of the 1,000th GTF-powered aircraft,” said Li Haiying, Chairman of Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. “We offer our congratulations on this milestone, which is a testament not only to the unmatched economic and environmental performance of GTF engines, but also the long-term relationship we have enjoyed with Pratt & Whitney.”

In 2020, Pratt & Whitney announced its partnership with Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) in the field. The company is in charge of providing servicing services to GTF operators in India and the surrounding areas. In 18 cities throughout India, the company has headquarters, field representatives, educational facilities, and servicing repair, and overhaul capabilities.

“Pratt & Whitney invested US$10bn and 20 years to develop the revolutionary geared architecture of the GTF engine,” said Ashmita Sethi, president and country head for India at Pratt & Whitney.

Featured image: Pratt & Whitney