Breeze Airways and Pratt & Whitney celebrated the unveiling of the airline’s first A220-300 aircraft, powered by GTF engines, during an event at the Airbus delivery centre in Mobile, Alabama.
At the ceremony, Pratt & Whitney announced that Breeze had finalised agreements for GTF engines to power a total of 80 A220-300 aircraft, including the airline’s original 60 ordered in 2018, as well as its recent order of another 20.
Pratt & Whitney will also supply Breeze with engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services through an EngineWise Comprehensive long-term agreement.
Breeze Airways founder and CEO David Neeleman said: “We are excited to fly our first Airbus A220 and to grow our fleet in partnership with Pratt & Whitney. We’re working to make flying accessible and ‘seriously nice’ for everyone. With industry-leading fuel efficiency, the engines will help us fly more passengers, farther, quieter and more sustainably, at lower fares.”
Breeze currently operates a fleet of Embraer E190 and E195 aircraft, each equipped with an APS2300 auxiliary power unit (APU) from Pratt & Whitney.
Pratt & Whitney Chief Commercial Officer Rick Deurloo said: “We are honoured that Breeze chose to continue to expand its fleet with GTF-powered aircraft. For decades we’ve worked with Neeleman and the airlines he’s founded, and together we’ve helped them grow into successful businesses. We’re looking forward to help the Breeze team build another winning airline.”
The A220 offers significantly lower operating costs compared to previous generation aircraft. The engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. They also provide a 75% reduction in noise footprint and produce NOx emissions 50% below the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) CAEP/6 regulation.-TradeArabia News Service