New York - JetBlue expects first Airbus A320neo in 2019. The US carrier has currently 85 A320neo in its order book and wants Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofan to power them.
Airbus and airline operators have been holding their breath for two years due to the problems caused by Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G powering A320neo family aircraft. After several engine failures, civil aviation authorities imposed operating restrictions all over the world, including the grounding of aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney was very transparent to us all the time. We would not get involved in such a big deal with Pratt unless we had absolute confidence,said JetBlue CFO, Steve Priest.
With this decision, JetBlue increases an order already placed for 86 engines to 183. Thus, all 25 A320neo and 60 A321neo that will be delivered to the airline in the next few years, will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofan. The order value is over 2$ billion at the list price.
Airbus discontinued deliveries of all-new A320neo transiently but has been receiving revised PW1100G engines starting from this week. Airbus will resume the current dormant A320neo deliveries from May to June.
The problems at Pratt & Whitney caused increasing demand in 2017 for the alternative CFM LEAP-1A engine.