Pratt & Whitney's PurePower GTF engine enters service aboard VivaAerobus’ A320neo jet


Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) new PurePower geared turbofan (GTF) engine has entered into service aboard an A320neo aircraft, operated by Mexican low-cost airline VivaAerobus.

During the first 9h and 32min flight, the A320neo flew from Monterrey to Guadalajara, Mexico.

P&W has so far won more than 8,400 PurePower GTF engine orders, including options, from more than 80 customers in 30 countries.

"The VivaAerobus introduction of its A320neo into passenger service was the next step in the transformation of our young airline."

VivaAerobus CEO Juan Carlos Zuazua said: "The VivaAerobus introduction of its A320neo into passenger service was the next step in the transformation of our young airline.

“On day one of passenger service, the aircraft conducted eight flights carrying about 1,160 passengers between various cities in Mexico.

"The PurePower Engine's lower fuel burn, 18% better on the ferry flight, will help us meet our customers' expectations of dependable service at a lower cost.”

There are currently eight airlines using 26 GTF-powered aircraft worldwide.

The engine family has also generated more than 30,000 revenue hours and powered more than 13,000 flights.

P&W commercial engine sales marketing and customer support senior vice-president Rick Deurloo said: "The PurePower Engine is transforming aviation through its reduced fuel burn, which will help VivaAerobus control its operating expenses."

Earlier this month, the company has won a deal to provide its V2500 engine for 18 new Airbus A320ceo family aircraft ordered by Air China.