FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW- July 9, 2012 – Pratt & Whitney and Norwegian Air Shuttle signed a memorandum of understanding to power 50 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft with PurePower PW1100G-JM engines with first delivery scheduled in 2016. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
“We chose the PurePower engine because we believe it offers the greatest long-term benefits in terms of reduced fuel burn and lower maintenance costs,” said Asgeir Nyseth, COO, Norwegian Air Shuttle. “We are confident in the geared technology, and it will offer significant savings in overall operating costs for the A320neo aircraft.”
“Pratt & Whitney is proud to welcome Norwegian as a new PurePower engine customer,” said Todd Kallman, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “We look forward to serving Norwegian’s needs now and well into the future.”
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 fuel efficiency and environmental benefits. The first PurePower PW1100G-JM engine is scheduled to begin testing by the end of this year.
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, is a public low-cost airline noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company is the second largest airline in Scandinavia, the third largest low-cost airline in Europe, and has a route portfolio stretching across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. Norwegian operates 296 routes to 114 destinations.
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 commercial building industries. Please visit www.utcaero.com for news from Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies at the Farnborough Air Show 2012.