EAST HARTFORD - Pratt & Whitney announced Thursday that Delta and Airbus selected the company to power 100 aircrafts.
“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience.”
The order calls for Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engine to power Delta’s order of 100 A321neo aircraft, and includes a 20-year EngineWise services agreement. Aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in 2020.
According to Pratt & Whitney President Robert Leduc, the manufacturing company has had a long-standing relationship with Delta since the 1930s.
“Fast forward nearly 90 years, and the GTF engine has revolutionized aviation technology, and will provide Delta with proven performance and environmental benefits. We are honored to power and support Delta’s new fleet of A321neo aircraft well into the future,” Leduc said.
Delta currently operates a fleet of more than 350 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, including the JT8D, PW2000, PW4000 and V2500 engines.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, lower regulated emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and lower noise footprint by 75 percent.
Pratt & Whitney is a subsidiary of Farmington-based United Technologies Corp.