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First Korean Air A321neos Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines

First Korean Air A321neos Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines

Our Bureau - : Nov 30, 2022 - : 11:21 am

Korean Air has taken delivery of the its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which the airline selected in 2020.

The new aircraft will deploy starting in December and the plane is the first of up to 50 A321neo aircraft to be ordered by  Korean Air.

“We are delighted to receive our first A321neo, which will be a great asset to our fleet, network and passengers,” said Soo Keun Lee, executive vice president and chief safety & operation officer of Korean Air. “This fuel-efficient, next-generation A321neo will bring our customers’ experience to a new level.”

In 2021, Korean Air joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network, providing disassembly, assembly and test capabilities for GTF engines for the A320neo family.

“Korean Air becomes the fifth airline to operate two different fleets of GTF-powered aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, President of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “Pratt & Whitney is uniquely positioned to power airlines’ needs across the latest single-aisle fleets, with GTF engines powering aircraft that carry 96 to 244 passengers and fly up to 4,700 nautical miles.”

Pratt & Whitney powers more than 70 aircraft with the airline, including GTF-powered Airbus A220s, as well as Airbus A330, Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft.

Korean Air’s fleet of 10 Airbus A380 aircraft are also powered by the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.

The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine offers the greatest fuel efficiency and lowest greenhouse gas emissions for the Airbus A320neo family. GTF-powered aircraft reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 16% to 20%, NOx emissions by 50% and noise footprint by 75%.


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