Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and JetBlue Airways have celebrated the entry into service of JetBlue’s A321neo aircraft
powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
The event was commemorated on Sept. 24 with a gate celebration at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 5 in New York with representatives from JetBlue, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney in attendance.
“The A321neo’s extended range, fuel efficiency, and industry-leading customer comfort represents the future of our fleet,” said Ursula Hurley, vice president treasurer for JetBlue. “Pratt and Whitney engines have helped propel our growth over the years, and the A321neo’s GTF engine will make it possible for JetBlue to operate new and longer routes. We’re proud to continue in this very successful relationship.”
JetBlue currently has on order 85 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, including 13 of Airbus’ Long Range (LR) variant, and 13 Airbus A321XLRs. The airline has also ordered 70 firm GTF-powered A220 aircraft which are scheduled to begin delivery in 2020. JetBlue operates a fleet of 193 A320ceo family aircraft powered by the V2500 engine.
“Pratt and Whitney has collaborated with JetBlue since they began service in 2000 and is privileged to have been part of their growth over the past two decades,” said Rick Deurloo, chief customer officer and senior vice president, Customers at Pratt & Whitney. “Today, a new journey begins for JetBlue with the entry into service of their GTF-powered A321neo, enabling more fuel efficient, sustainable operations and a runway of exciting opportunities into the future.”
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