EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 15, 2011 – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 40 firm A320neo family aircraft. The MOU includes 86 PurePower engines with a long-term PureSolutionSM maintenance service agreement. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2018. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“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.”
Each JetBlue Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G-JM engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today’s engines.
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 delivers the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits.
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. JetBlue serves 70 cities with 700 daily flights. For more on JetBlue, visit www.jetblue.com.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
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