LONDON – Pratt & Whitney announced that Chinese airline Shenzhen Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power its inaugural fleet of six Airbus A321neos, which the airline has procured from ICBC Leasing.
Shenzhen Airlines has also selected an EngineWise full service contract for long-term engine maintenance. The airline expects to receive its first GTF-powered A321neo later this year.
“Shenzhen Airlines is taking a big step forward by adding the larger and longer A321neo to its fleet,” said Lori Liu, President, Greater China at Pratt & Whitney.
“With GTF engines and an EngineWise deal, they will not only get the highest fuel efficiency and lowest carbon emissions available for the A321neo, but also lower operating costs and more predictable maintenance.”
Shenzhen Airlines current fleet
Shenzhen Airlines is an airline based at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in Bao’an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong. It has been a member of Star Alliance since 2012 and is currently one of two Chinese airlines in the airline alliance.
Shenzhen Airlines currently operates 27 GTF-powered A320neo aircraft and is one of 11 Chinese carriers to operate GTF engines. The airline’s fleet also includes 41 A320ceo aircraft powered by International Aero Engine’s V2500 engines.
Since entering service in 2016, GTF engines have saved Chinese operators more than 500 million liters of fuel and more than one million metric tons of carbon emissions.
GTF-powered aircraft in China have also carried more than 80 million passengers on more than 500,000 flights, accumulating more than two million engine flight hours of experience. More than 230 GTF-powered A320neo Family aircraft are operating across China.
About the GTF Engine
The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine is the only gear-driven propulsion system offering industry-leading durability benefits and reliable, world-class operating costs. It offers the best fuel efficiency and the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of the Airbus A320neo family.
GTF-powered aircraft reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 16% to 20%, NOx emissions by up to 50% and noise footprint by up to 75%.
Certified to run on 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and successfully tested on 100% SAF, the engines are capable of further reducing carbon emissions, helping the aviation industry reach its goal of zero net emission by 2050.
The motor’s revolutionary gear-fan architecture is the foundation for more sustainable aircraft technologies in the decades to come, with advancements such as the Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage motor and beyond.