BOC Aviation Limited has placed firm orders with Pratt & Whitney for 12 shipsets of Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines to power its new Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

The aircraft are part of the lessor’s existing order book, it said in an announcement made at the Singapore Airshow. “This order reflects our confidence in the GTF engine as a fuel-efficient solution that will power a significant portion of our A320 family fleet,” said Robert Martin, managing director and CEO at BOC Aviation. “We’re hearing good feedback from operators on the fuel economy of the GTF engine, and look forward to delivering the benefits of this engine to our airline customers.”

Rick Deurloo, senior vice-president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney, said the company was “honoured to supply it with game-changing technology and economics for its A320neo and A321neo aircraft.”

Singapore-based BOC has a fleet of 491 aircraft owned, managed or on order.

Also at the show, Pratt & Whitney Canada confirmed it had sealed maintenance agreements for 51 Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) operated by Qantas Airways, including the carrier’s low-fare subsidiary Jetstar. The deal covers 20 APS2100 APUs for QantasLink Boeing 717 aircraft, 19 APS5000 APUs for Jetstar and Qantas Boeing 787 aircraft, and 12 PW980 APUs for Qantas Airbus A380s.