Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), the flag carrier of Brunei Darussalam, has signed a letter of intent with Pratt & Whitney for PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power seven firm A320neo aircraft (together with three options). A signing ceremony was held today for the new aircraft and engines. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2018. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"Royal Brunei is focused on providing its customers a state-of-the-art fleet, and we are proud they have selected Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power their new A320neo family," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We are confident that our Geared Turbofan™ engines will meet the high standards Royal Brunei has set for itself."
"RB has successfully operated the A320 family of aircraft since 2003. We are confident this latest NEO version will bring even greater levels of efficiency, with 15 percent less fuel and a significantly reduced impact on the environment. At the same time, the new aircraft will offer unmatched levels of in-flight comfort, longer flying range and significant underfloor cargo capability," said Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines.
To date, the PurePower engine family has more than 5,300 orders and commitments, including options, from more than 50 global customers.
Royal Brunei Airlines, the country's flag carrier, was established in 1974. Royal Brunei's strategy to develop the airline as a world-class player has resulted in the acquisition of new aircraft and upgrading of current equipment with state-of-the-art technology. The company's core objective is to raise the levels of comfort and safety. Royal Brunei provides scheduled services across Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and to the United Kingdom. As an added convenience to its passengers, the airline has code-share agreements allowing passengers to co-ordinate flights for seamless travel to a wider choice of destinations.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, and small turbojet propulsion products. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.