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October 23, 2018

Pratt inks Aegean Airlines contract

Rendering | Contributed Aegean Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

East Hartford jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney says Aegean Airlines has selected its geared turbofan (GTF) engines to power 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

Pratt, a subsidiary of Farmington's United Technologies Corp., said it will also supply the airline with engine maintenance under a long-term service agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eftichios Vassilakis, chairman at Aegean, said the airline selected the GTF series because they are the “most environmentally friendly” and “most advanced technology available.”

The Athens-based airline currently operates 49 of Pratt's V2500-powered A320 family aircraft, and its subsidiary, Olympic Air, also operates 12 PW100-powered turboprop aircraft.

Since its 2016 launch, the GTF engine has reduced fuel burn by 16 percent, nitrogen oxide pollution by 50 percent and lowered the noise footprint by 75 percent, according to Pratt & Whitney.

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