Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power Aegean Airbus A320neo fleet
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies, confirmed on October 22, 2018, that its GTF engine is selected to power up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft in Aegean Airlines fleet. Pratt & Whitney is also to provide the airline with engine maintenance through a long-term service agreement.
Aegean currently has a form order with Airbus of 30 A320neos with options for 12 more. Up to 20 aircraft are to be leased.
The airline’s choice of Pratt & Whitney engines is not surprising, keeping in mind its current fleet of 49 A320ceos is powered by V2500 engines, while the airline’s subsidiary company, Olympic Air, operates 12 PW100-powered turboprops.
GTF engine entered into service in early 2016.
Aegean Airlines signed a $5 billion worth deal with Airbus for up to 42 A320neo Family aircraft on June 22, 2018. The French manufacturer confirmed the firm order of 30 aircraft comprises of 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos. Back in March 2018, when the possible deal was first announced as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the airline claimed the deal was “the largest private investment in Greece”.
Aegean Airlines is a Greek airline, biggest in the country by numbers of passengers, destinations and fleet size. It operates short and medium-long haul flights using current fleet of 49 Airbus and 12 turboprops. This company is planning an overall fleet expansion and renewal program, expected to take place in 2020 - 2025.
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