July 12, 2018

Pratt notches JetBlue contract

PHOTO | JetBlue
PHOTO | JetBlue
JetBlue A220-300

East Hartford jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says it inked a contract to supply 129 geared turbofan (GTF) engines to the next fleet of JetBlue Airways Airbus aircrafts.

Pratt, a subsidiary of Farmington's United Technologies Corp., will provide JetBlue its GTF PW1500G engines for its new fleet of 60 Airbus A220-300 planes, which will replace the Embraer 190 fleet in 2020.

Pratt officials could not be immediately reached regarding financial terms.

Also, JetBlue announced this week it converted its purchase of 25 GTF-powered A320neo planes for the larger A321neo.

"JetBlue will be able to leverage the unbeatable efficiency of both the A321neo and the A220-300, as well as taking advantage of the roomiest and most customer-pleasing cabins of any aircraft in their size categories," said Airbus Commercial Officer Eric Schulz.

The GTF engines help the Airbus planes burn 40 percent less fuel per seat vs. JetBlue's current E190 fleet, the airline said. The engines also reduce noise footprint and decrease emissions, they said.

Pratt first powered JetBlue aircrafts in 2000 with its V2500 engines.

The contact is a major victory for Pratt, which hustled to resolve engine issues in March that led to the grounding of 11 A320neo planes in India.

Pratt officials said it cost $50 million to retrofit the problem engines as it kept its delivery commitment to Airbus.

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