Korean Air has chosen Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofans to power up to 50 A320neos on order from Airbus. Korean Air expects the aircraft to begin arriving from Airbus in 2021. The airline and Pratt & Whitney also have entered negotiations over the possibility of Korean Air Maintenance and Engineering joining Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM GTF MRO network.
Korean Air now operates 10 Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered Airbus A220-300s. The airline’s Pratt & Whitney-powered fleet includes 18 Boeing 777s, six 747s, and 29 Airbus A330s. Korean Air also operates a fleet of 10 A380s powered by GP7200 engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.
“Pratt & Whitney has shared a long-standing relationship and history with Korean Air dating back to the late 1960s, and we are honored to power their next-generation fleet,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “We appreciate Korean Air’s continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney and we remain committed to supporting their fleet for many years to come.”