New Delhi. 17 May 17 2021. Pratt & Whitney recently celebrated delivery of the 1,000th aircraft powered by GTF engines. GTF engines power three aircraft families in service today: Airbus A320neo, Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jets E2.
Powering 54 airlines around the world, GTF engines have saved more than 490 million gallons (1.8 billion liters) of fuel and avoided over 4.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions, while accumulating more than 8.9 million engine flight hours of experience.
Thanks in part to the engine’s fuel efficiency, these three aircraft families have experienced some of the highest utilization during the pandemic and early recovery period. Paired with world-class dispatch reliability, the GTF is enabling operators to expand their route networks more sustainably. It is the engine of choice for more than 80 customers who have placed orders and commitments for over 10,000 engines. To service the growing fleet, Pratt & Whitney has established a global network of the world’s leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.
“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.”
In India, GTF engines have saved more than 130 million gallons (490 million liters) of fuel, avoided over 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions, and gained more than 2.5 million hours of experience. In 2020, GTF engines powering the A320neo family achieved a world-class engine dispatch reliability rate of 99.98% worldwide. Pratt & Whitney also announced in 2020 that Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) would provide maintenance services in support of GTF operators in India and the surrounding region. With offices, field representatives, training centers and maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities in 18 cities throughout India, Pratt & Whitney is committed to the success of Indian aviation.
“Pratt & Whitney invested $10 billion U.S. dollars (₹75,000 crores) and twenty years to develop the revolutionary geared architecture of the GTF engine,” said Ashmita Sethi, president and country head for India at Pratt & Whitney. “This award-winning design has changed the game in commercial aviation and is the kind of innovation that will continue to deliver economic value to airlines and passengers, while also dramatically reducing our environmental footprint.”
Since entering service in early 2016, the GTF engine family has delivered on its promised ability to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions by up to 20 percent, and to dramatically reduce regulated emissions and noise footprint. With the GTF’s long runway for future growth, Pratt & Whitney is just getting started.