December 14, 2017

Pratt lands deal to power 100 Delta jets

PRNewsfoto | Pratt & Whitney
PRNewsfoto | Pratt & Whitney
A Delta jet.

East Hartford aircraft engine-maker Pratt & Whitney said Thursday that Delta Air Lines and Airbus Group will use its geared turbofan engines to power 100 Delta jets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The order consists of 100 A321neo aircraft, and includes a 20-year services agreement. Aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

Since entering into service in early 2016, the geared turbofan engine has demonstrated a capacity 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 President Robert Leduc said.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the companies share a mutual "commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience" that makes this "the right transaction at the right time."

Leduc noted that the company's relationship with Delta dates back to the 1930s. Delta currently operates a fleet of more than 350 aircraft powered by other types of Pratt & Whitney engines, he said.

Pratt is a subsidiary of Farmington-based United Technologies Corp.

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