PARIS AIR SHOW -- Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, and Volaris announced today that the airline has selected GTF engines to power an additional 64 A321neo aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide Volaris with engine maintenance through an EngineWise® Maintenance long-term agreement. This brings Volaris' total commitment to 217 GTF-powered purchased and leased aircraft including the airline's previous selection of GTF engines for 153 A320neo family aircraft.
"The additional GTF-powered A321neo aircraft will drive our growth while being mindful of our environmental footprint," said Enrique Beltranena, chief executive officer at Volaris. "This engine-and-aircraft combination means we'll be able to fly even more passengers, farther – with some of the lowest costs, fuel consumption and emissions per seat in the Americas."
Volaris is a low-cost carrier headquartered in Mexico City and an affiliate of Indigo Partners. It was the first airline in North America to fly the A320neo and currently operates 70 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft and 53 V2500®-powered A320ceo family aircraft. GTF engines have saved the airline an estimated 60 million gallons (200 million liters) of fuel, close to 600 thousand metric tons of carbon emissions and more than a million kilograms of NOx emissions.
"As a leading low-cost carrier with a strong focus on sustainability, Volaris knows how important low fuel consumption and emissions are to their business model and environmental leadership," said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. "Volaris' selection of 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."