The low-cost airline JetSMART has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power 85 firm order Airbus A320neo family aircraft with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019.

Pratt & Whitney will also provide JetSMART with GTF engine maintenance through a 12-year EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement.

“The GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft will be a great addition to JetSMART´s current A320ceo fleet, facilitating continued growth of operations to include expansion in the South American market, while benefiting from reduced fuel burn, emissions and noise,” commented Estuardo Ortiz, JetSMART CEO. He added that “The efficiency gained with the A320neo will allow us to further reduce our cost and provide our customers with lower fares across South America.”

Rick Deurloo, chief customer officer and senior vice president, Customers at Pratt & Whitney said the company is “excited” for the airline to join the GTF family, “and begin receiving the fuel savings that will help the airline maintain its low cost approach while powering its growth.”

VivaAerobus opts for Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for 41 A321neos

Earlier in the week Pratt & Whitney announced the Mexico-based low-cost airline VivaAerobus had selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power its firm order of 41 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The order represents 25 new aircraft and 16 aircraft converted from their 2013 firm order, bringing the total fleet to 65 A320neo family aircraft powered by GTF engines.

Pratt & Whitney will also provide VivaAerobus with engine maintenance through a new 12-year EngineWise Comprehensive Service Agreement.

Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO, VivaAerobus said, “Expanding our A320neo family fleet will enable us to further grow our route network while lowering our operating costs with the fuel efficient GTF engine.”

The airline currently operates 20 V 2500-powered A320ceo aircraft and 12 GTF-powered A320neo aircraft. Deliveries of the A321neo aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2020.

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