Pratt & Whitney delivered the first PurePower engines to China Southern Airlines, the first mainland Chinese airline to take delivery of an Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by this revolutionary engine technology. China Southern has an additional 23 A320neo aircraft on order through the leasing company AerCap, all of which will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engines. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"China Southern has been dedicated to offering eco-friendly and comfortable travel experience to passengers with advanced and reliable aircraft engines. We selected Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engine due to its ability to deliver fuel and cost savings." said Li Tongbin, executive vice president and chief engineer, China Southern Airlines. "The Airbus A320neo will mark an important contribution to renewing our fleet with the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft available."
"On behalf of Pratt & Whitney, I congratulate China Southern Airlines on receiving this ground-breaking A320neo aircraft," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service. "We are very proud that Asia's largest airline has put its confidence in Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine, which is transforming aviation as we know it."
The PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family has announced and unannounced firm and option orders with more than 80 customers from more than 30 countries. In revenue service, the PurePower engine has demonstrated its ability to reduce engine fuel burn by 16 percent, regulated emissions by 50 percent and noise footprint by 75 percent*.
China Southern Airlines is headquartered in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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