Today, Volaris, a subsidiary of RTX, and Pratt & Whitney announced that the airline has chosen GTF engines to power an additional 64 A321neo aircraft. Through a long-term contract with EngineWise® Maintenance, Pratt & Whitney will also offer Volaris with engine maintenance. The airline’s prior choice of GTF engines for 153 A320neo family aircraft takes Volaris’ total commitment to 217 GTF-powered purchased and leased aircraft.
Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris, stated that the new GTF-powered A321neo aircraft “will drive our growth while being mindful of our environmental footprint.” “With this engine-and-aircraft combination, we’ll be able to fly even more passengers, farther, and at some of the lowest costs, fuel consumption, and emissions per seat in the Americas.”
Low-cost carrier Volaris is a subsidiary of Indigo Partners with its headquarters in Mexico City. It was the first airline in North America to fly the A320neo, and it presently runs 53 V2500®-powered A320ceo family aircraft and 70 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft. About 600,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions, 60 million gallons (200 million liters) of fuel, and more than a million kilograms of NOx emissions have all been saved by the airline by using GTF engines.
According to Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, “Volaris knows how important low fuel consumption and emissions are to their business model and environmental leadership. Volaris is a leading low-cost carrier with a strong focus on sustainability.” The fact that Volaris chose the GTF engine for this follow-on order “is a testament to the value the engine is already delivering today, and we look forward to powering the airline’s expansion in the years to come,” said the manufacturer.