Pratt & Whitney, has been chosen by LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LATAM) to supply GTF engines to power additional Airbus A320neo aircraft, adding to its initial order selecting GTF engines to power more than 40 aircraft in 2013.
Combined with remaining options, the deal will total up to 146 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide the airline with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise service agreement.
"At LATAM we are committed not only to connecting South America to the world, but doing so caring for the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. We are proud to enhance our partnership with Pratt & Whitney to power our A320neo family, which will allow us to do so, as we expect to grow this fleet over 100 strong in the coming years,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group.
Headquartered in Santiago, Chile, LATAM is Latin America’s leading airline group, with presence in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, along with international operations within Latin America and Europe, Oceania, U.S. and the Caribbean.
LATAM was the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline currently operates more than 80 V2500-powered Airbus A320ceo and 16 GTF-powered Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
“Our relationship with LATAM, including their predecessor LAN Airlines, dates back more than seven decades with the Twin Wasp engine on Douglas DC-3 aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, commercial engines president at Pratt & Whitney. “GTF engines are already delivering exceptional economic and sustainability benefits to LATAM and we look forward to providing even greater value in the years to come.”
The Pratt & Whitney says its GTF engine, featuring Collins Aerospace nacelle and accessories, offers the greatest fuel efficiency and lowest greenhouse gas emissions for the Airbus A320neo family.