Pratt & Whitney has landed one of the largest engine orders “in recent aviation history” with IndiGo’s selection of the PurePower PW1100G to power its fleet of 150 Airbus A320neos, the engine manufacturer announced this morning. Although neither the Indian low-fare airline nor Airbus has announced a conversion of the MOU covering the 150 airplanes, Pratt & Whitney president David Hess told reporters today in West Palm Beach, Fla., that he would characterize the engine deal as a firm order. The contract, which covers options on another 30 airplanes, “is probably Pratt’s largest order in fifty years,” said Hess.
With the IndiGo deal, Pratt & Whitney now claims to hold orders and options for more than 1,200 PW1000G “geared turbofan” engines. IndiGo ranks as India’s largest and fastest growing low-cost carrier. It operates domestic services linking 25 destinations from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Pratt & Whitney senior vice president of engineering Paul Adams told AIN that he expects the PurePower engine to attract further orders for the A320neo in the near future, likely before the Paris Air Show in June. “I feel very strongly there will be more to come and soon,” said Adams.
Apart from the Indigo order, Pratt & Whitney won the engine selection for at least 60 A320neos ordered by leasing company ILFC. It also stands as the sole powerplant option for the Bombardier C Series and Mitsubishi MRJ, as well one of two options on the Irkut MS-21.