Pratt & Whitney has announced that up to 146 Airbus A320neos belonging to LATAM Airlines will be powered by GTF engines.
This is on top of a previous deal between the two aviation companies in 2013 for GTF engines to power more than 40 aircraft for the South American airline.
Combined with remaining options, the deal will total up to 146 aircraft, Pratt & Whitney confirmed on June 5, 2023.
Pratt & Whitney will also provide the airline with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement.
“At LATAM we are committed not only to connecting South America to the world, but doing so caring for the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. We are proud to enhance our partnership with Pratt & Whitney to power our A320neo family, which will allow us to do so, as we expect to grow this fleet over 100 strong in the coming years,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group.
LATAM was the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft and currently operates more than 80 V2500-powered Airbus A320ceo and 16 GTF-powered Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
“Our relationship with LATAM, including their predecessor LAN Airlines, dates back more than seven decades with the Twin Wasp engine on Douglas DC-3 aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, Commercial Engines president at Pratt & Whitney. “GTF engines are already delivering exceptional economic and sustainability benefits to LATAM and we look forward to providing even greater value in the years to come.”
According to Pratt & Whitney the GTF engine, featuring Collins Aerospace nacelle and accessories, offers the “greatest fuel efficiency and lowest greenhouse gas emissions for the Airbus A320neo family”.
Headquartered in Santiago, Chile, LATAM is Latin America’s leading airline group, with presence in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, along with international operations within Latin America and Europe, Oceania, United States, and the Caribbean.