Pratt and Whitney, a well-known division of United Technologies Corp. and Air Astana (an award-winning flag carrier for Kazakh), recently celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A321neo aircraft. This aircraft, which is fueled by the Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan engines (GTF), appeared recently at Air Astana’s hub, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was recently schedule for passenger service this new year.
Peter Foster, president and CEO of Air Astana shared his delight in the introduction of the A320neo and the delivery of Pratt and Whitney’s turbofan engines that are geared. Foster believes that Pratt and Whitney will take delivery of the seventeen Geared Turbofan powered A320neo aircrafts until 2020. This will depict the latest in fuel-efficient engine technology that is clean powered.
Air Astana puts into use many different aircrafts that are fueled by Pratt and Whitney and the company’s partnership with International Aero Engines. This includes the PW4000-powered 767 along with the V2500-powered A320 family. The Kazakh airline has placed orders for a number of Geared Turbofan aircrafts, which includes the A320neo, A321neo, and Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.
Rick Deurloo, the senior vice of president of Pratt and Whitney’s sales, marketing and customer care says the company is honored by Air Astana’s trust in them. He stated that the company is focused on delivering experience changing benefits of the GTF engine, which will allow for Air Astana to continue to supply excellent service to its passengers.
The GTF engine, since coming into service since 2016, has continued to showcase its pledge to minimize fuel burn by sixteen percent and reduce the emission of nitrogen oxide by almost fifty percent in comparison to the regulatory standard.
Pratt and Whitney is a world renown leader in the designing, manufacturing, and servicing of aircraft engines, along with auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corporation supplies high-technology systems and services to the industries in the areas of building and aerospace.