Singapore - Air Caledonia International (Aircalin) and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have chosen the PW1100G Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine to power their Airbus A320neo, confirmed Pratt & Whitney on the first day of the Singapore Air Show.

New Caledonia-based French carrier will receive its first of two A320neo in 2020. The single-aisle aircraft, which is capable of accommodating 168 passengers, will be based in Noumea for flights to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

When ordering the aircraft, Airbus had already indicated that the New Caledonian company had chosen Pratt & Whitney for the engines.

This engine was the obvious choice in terms of fuel efficiency, service, and support,
explains Didier Tappero, CEO of Aircalin.

We are looking forward to serving our passengers with this incredibly quiet aircraft,
he adds.

Aircalin is already a Pratt & Whitney customer. It currently operates two Bombardier DHC-6-300s with PT6A engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, as well as two Airbus A320s with V2500 engines from International Aero Engines (IAE), a consortium involving the American engine manufacturer. From 2000 to 2003, the company also operated an A310-300 powered by PW4000 engines.

For its part, SWISS also chose the GTF PW1100G to power 15 Airbus A320neo, and A321neo ordered. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019. It's a logical choice as Lufthansa's Swiss subsidiary already operates a variant of this engine on its Bombardier C Series fleet. SWISS currently operates eight Bombardier CS100s and seven CS300s and expects two additional CS100s and thirteen CS300s.

We are pleased with the engine's fuel efficiency and environmental performance,
says Peter Wojahn, Fleet Technical Manager at SWISS.

On this first day of the Singapore Air Show, Pratt & Whitney also announced that the leasing company BOC Aviation had chosen the GTF engine to power 12 Airbus A320neo and A321neo on order.

Aviation Capital Group also selected this engine for a total of 20 A320neo and A321neo. I

Turkish Airlines has signed a 15-year maintenance agreement for GTF engines that will power its 92 A321neo, deliverable from this year.

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