Thursday, March 31, 2011

IndiGo selects Pratt & Whitney engines for A-320 neos

March 31, 2011
Time- 11.37pm IST
Neelam Mathews

India’s budget IndiGo has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G engines to power its fleet of 150 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft  against its competitor CFM International Leap-X.

IndiGo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 180 single-aisle aircraft earlier this year. Of these, 150 will be of the yet-to-be-produced 'neo' series, and the remaining 30 are the standard A-320s.

It is not clear what engines have been chosen for the 30 A320s. IAE is the clear market leader in India. More than 80% of the A320 fleet in service are on order with airlines in India are, or will be, powered by the V2500.Over 300 aircraft in India are powered by engines provided by Pratt & Whitney and International Aero Engines. IndiGo placed the single largest order for the V2500 in 2005 when it purchased engines for a fleet of 100 A320s, supported by a comprehensive V2500Select aftermarket agreement. The value of the engine deal alone was $1.7 billion at list prices. 

Each IndiGo Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two PW1100G engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared to today's engines, says the company.

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, has also been chosen to provide maintenance for the PurePower engines.

"At IndiGo, we are committed to maintain low fares while reducing our impact on the environment through the use of green technology such as these PurePower engines," said Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, founders of IndiGo.

"The PurePower engine's benefits will allow us to make dramatic improvements in environmental performance with reduced emissions and significant savings in fuel consumption," said IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh.

This is one of the largest engine orders in recent aviation history for the new A320neo family fleet. “We look forward to delivering these dependable engines with its fuel burn, maintenance and environmental benefits to IndiGo as they grow to meet India's new demands, said Pratt & Whitney President David Hess.

With this selection, Pratt & Whitney now has over 1,200 PW1000G engines on order, including options. The 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 double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency and environmental emissions as well as a 50% reduction in noise.

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