Go Air, P&W deal

India-based low-cost carrier Go Airlines (GoAir) has signed a $1bn deal with Pratt & Whitney for the delivery of 144 PW1100G-JM engines to power its 72 A320neo aircraft.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016 and the deal is expected to include a PureSolutionSM maintenance package.

GoAir managing director Jeh Wadia said: "We selected the Pratt & Whitney PurePower engine because we are confident that its performance advantage will deliver significant savings in operating costs, as well as considerable reductions in emissions and noise."

"The PurePower engine is the best long-term solution for GoAir’s growing fleet," Wadia said.

Each Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by a pair of PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, which is expected to provide double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today’s engines.

In June 2011, GoAir signed a $7.2bn deal with Airbus for 72 A320neo aircraft which are expected to be delivered from 2016.

Pratt & Whitney commercial engines and global services president Todd Kallman said: "All of us at Pratt & Whitney are delighted that GoAir has selected the PurePower engine to power its Airbus A320neo fleet and we look forward to providing GoAir with the benefits of this game changing technology."

"Being chosen by another key low-cost carrier in India, one of the fastest growing markets, is another testament to the game-changing benefits our Geared Turbofan technology delivers," Kallman said.

The PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine’s fan to operate at a different speed to the low-pressure compressor and turbine.

Pratt & Whitney said the gear system, along with an advanced core, offers fuel efficiency and environmental benefits.

Go Airlines currently serves flights to 21 destinations in India with approximately 160 daily flights.


Image: The 144 Pratt & Whitney 1100G-JM engines will power Go Airlines’ 72 A320neo aircraft. Photo: Pratt & Whitney.