JetBlue A320neo to be P&W PurePowered

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JetBlue orders Pratt & Whitney PurePower for Airbus A320neo

One day after Southwest committed to the CFM International LEAP-1B engines for the 737 MAX, JetBlue announced it’s selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines for its order of 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft.  A memorandum of understanding (MOU) includes 86 PurePower engines with a long-term PureSolution maintenance service agreement.

Deliveries for the new-engined Airbus A320neo aircraft will begin in 2018.

Each of the new JetBlue A320neo aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, one on each wing.  Benefits of the new engine include double-digit reductions in fuel burn and lower operating costs.  A direct result of the lower fuel burn will be reduced environmental emissions and engine noise.

“Pratt & Whitney has done an outstanding job developing an engine for the Airbus A320neo; we are confident we’ve made an excellent choice for our aircraft,” said Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. “The PurePower Engines are an investment in our fleet, our environment and our people that will maximize performance and efficiency, while minimizing our carbon footprint.”

“We are thrilled that JetBlue is the first U.S. airline to select the environmentally-friendly PurePower engine for its A320neo aircraft family,” said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney commercial engines & global services president. “Already a long-time IAE customer, we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the JetBlue team.”

The PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine’s fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core is expected to increase fuel efficiency and benefit the environment.

The Airbus A320neo is the “new engine option” and a direct competitor with the Boeing 737 MAX.

Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies based in Hartford, Connecticut. (NYSE:UTX).

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