Pratt and Whitney and IAG, parent of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, as signed a memorandum of understanding to power 47 of its 200 aircraft neo order with the PW1100G engine. This GTF order from IAG represents an additional 94 engines in backlog. No determination has been made on the other 153 aircraft, nor has IAG stated whether it intends to split the order with CFM International.
Despite initial issues with the GTF engine, this represents a vote of confidence from a major player in the industry, underscoring the strong performance of the engine in service.
Pratt & Whitney has also obtained 180 minute ETOPS certification for the PW1100G-JM engine powering the A320neo from the European Aviation Safety Agency. This follows the previous US FAA ETOPS certification in December 2016.
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