Turkish Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 72 firm and 20 option A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. The PurePower engine family has completed 19,000 hours and 34,000 cycles of full engine testing, including 5,000 hours of flight time. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"Turkish Airlines is dedicated to providing our customers with an unparalleled flying experience as we seek to become the preferred leading European air carrier," said Dr. Temel Kotil, Deputy Chairman and CEO, Turkish Airlines. "Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan engine will help Turkish Airlines remain at the forefront of the latest technological advances in aviation."
"Turkish Airlines' selection of the PW1100G-JM engine to power its fleet is a huge milestone for the PurePower engine program and we're humbled by the trust they have placed in our people and our product," said Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Turkish Airlines and are committed to delivering game-changing results in fuel consumption, emissions reduction and noise reduction without compromise."
Since it began operations in 1933, Turkish Airlines' fleet has grown to over 280 aircraft (passenger and cargo). Turkish Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, has the youngest fleet in Europe and continues to invest in new aircraft. Turkish Airlines operates scheduled flights to a total of 277 destinations – 227 international and 50 domestic. Skytrax named Turkish Airlines as the "Best Airline in Europe" in 2014 for the fourth year running and the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the sixth year running. For more information about Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems 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.
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