Posted on: 09 March 2016 by Mark Howells
The Airbus A321neo has completed its first test flight equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engines.
The PW1135G-JM engine being used for the A321neo has a 35,000 thrust rating, giving airlines the capability to fly longer routes while carrying more passengers or payloads. The PW1135G-JM engine also allows an A321neo operator to benefit from increased payload/range when flying out of high-altitude airports at elevations greater than 4,000 feet, such as Mexico City.
“The PurePower engine continues to meet commitments for fuel burn, emissions and noise, and today’s first flight on the A321neo is another milestone achievement for this innovative engine,” commented Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt & Whitney’s commercial engine programmes. “We look forward to supporting Airbus through the testing and certification of this aircraft.”
The PW1100G-JM engine for the A320neo was certified in 2014 and the A320neo received certification in November 2015. Lufthansa began flying its first A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines, in January 2016.
The PurePower engine family has completed more than 50,000 cycles and 32,000 hours of testing.