Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), and Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. (Wizz Air) announced selection of the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power an order of 166 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
This brings Wizz Air’s combined total order to 276 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide Wizz Air with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement.
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and an affiliate of Indigo Partners, will be one of the largest A320neo family aircraft operators in Europe. Wizz Air currently operates a fleet of 113 V2500-powered A320ceo family aircraft and seven GTF-powered A321neo aircraft, and has been exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney engines since its founding in 2003.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent compared to the regulatory standard, and to reduce the noise footprint by 75 percent.