DUBAI, 10 Nov. 2015. Philippine Airlines (PAL) officials have selected PurePower engines from Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company in East Hartford, Conn., to power 15 Airbus A321neo aircraft on order. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.
"We pride ourselves on the fact that we embrace innovative technology within our aircraft fleet," says Jaime Bautista, president and chief operating officer, Philippine Airlines. "The A321neo aircraft with PurePower engines helps us keep our fleet young and modern. With these aircraft, we will be able to reduce our fuel burn and subsequent operating cost, which is great news for our business."
"The PurePower engine has set the precedent in our industry for its fuel burn advantage through delivering a greater than 16 percent fuel burn improvement," says Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.
The PurePower engine family has completed more than 23,000 hours and 40,000 cycles of testing, officials say.
As the first airline in Asia, Philippine Airlines has been carrying people to and from the Philippines since 1941. Philippine Airlines has a young and modern fleet of aircraft and a route network that spans 35 foreign cities and 29 domestic points.
Pratt & Whitney is a designer and manufacturer of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.
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