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April 26, 2022

Air Canada selects Pratt & Whitney engines to power up to 44 Airbus aircraft

Courtesy photo Air Canada has selected Pratt & Whitney's GTF engines to power 30 firm and 14 purchase right Airbus A321XLR aircraft.

East Hartford-based aerospace manufacturing company Pratt & Whitney has been selected to provide its geared turbo fan (GTF) engines to power 30 Air Canada aircraft along with its new fleet of Airbus A321 planes.

Pratt & Whitney will also provide Air Canada with engine maintenance through a service agreement.

In 2020, Air Canada became the first airline in Canada to operate the Airbus A220 family and the first in North America to operate A220-300 aircraft. The airline operates 28 A220-300 aircraft with an additional 17 on order. 

"The Pratt & Whitney GTF family of engines have saved operators more than 600 million gallons of fuel and helped avoid 6 million metric tons of carbon emissions since it entered service in 2016," said Pratt & Whitney Chief Commercial Officer Rick Deurloo. "What's good for the environment is also good for business…”

Pratt & Whitney’s history with Air Canada dates back to its first aircraft, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra with Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines. Prior to the A220, Pratt & Whitney powered Air Canada's fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft.

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