Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Corp. business, today announced that Qantas Airways has confirmed selection for Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power 40 Airbus A220 and A320neo family aircraft, including A321XLR, which the airline will operate on domestic and short-haul international routes.
Leaders from Airbus, Qantas and Pratt & Whitney gathered in Sydney, Australia, to celebrate the milestone with A220 aircraft demonstration flights and static display for media, stakeholders and employees.
Pratt & Whitney will also provide Qantas with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement.
Aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2023.
Qantas’ history with Pratt & Whitney goes back more than 70 years to Wasp-powered Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft, followed by JT3D-powered Boeing 707 aircraft when the airline entered the jet age.
“We thank Qantas for selecting us to power not just one, but two of their next-generation fleets,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer for Pratt & Whitney.
“GTF engine technology will deliver unmatched economic and environmental performance, and for aircraft like the A321XLR, superior payload and range.”