United Airlines selects Pratt & Whitney GTF turbofan for its new A321neo and A321XLR

US carrier had announced orders for the single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, but without defining engines last year

Pratt & Whitney announced an agreement with United Airlines to supply the GTF engines for the fleet of 120 A321neo that the airline will receive starting this year.

There will be 70 A321neo and 50 A321XLR, a variant with greater autonomy of the jet, which should enter into service within a year.

Unlike the 737 MAX, which is certified with only CFM’s LEAP turbofan, the A320neo family can fly with that engine or the PW1100G, which uses a gear system to offer greater economy.

The turbofan, however, has faced technical problems that cause low availability in the A320neo, A220 and Embraer E2 fleets.

None of this prevented United Airlines from believing in the manufacturer, which was once part of the United Aircraft group.

United Boeing 777 (Charlie_tj/CC)

According to the company, more than 250 United aircraft use PW engines, including the A320ceo (V2500), and 767 and 777, with the PW4000.

“United and Pratt & Whitney share a celebrated history as pioneers of commercial air travel, as well as a commitment to more sustainable aviation as we look forward,” said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney.

“GTF engines will enable United to get the most out of their A321neo and A321XLR aircraft, delivering industry leading payload, range and environmental performance for those aircraft types.”


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