FARNBOROUGH, England. 19 July 2018. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., and Air Transat announced the selection of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power 17 firm-order A321neo family aircraft: 2 A321neo and 15 long-range A321LR aircraft, the latest variant of the A321neo. All aircraft will be leased from AerCap. This follows the Air Transat announcements in 2017 and 2018 stating its agreements with AerCap for a long-term leasing arrangement. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.
“We’re thrilled for Air Transat and grateful for the confidence they’re placing in the GTF engine,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. “Our history with Air Transat goes back to the JT8D-powered Boeing 727. Together with AerCap, we’re building a great relationship that will allow Air Transat to enjoy the full benefits of the GTF.”
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine for the A320neo family aircraft has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.