Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., and Vietjet celebrated the airline's first A321neo aircraft delivery at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City shortly after Vietjet celebrated six years of passenger flights and ten years since the airline was founded.
"We are very happy to take delivery of our first GTF-powered A321neo," said Dinh Viet Phuong, vice president of Vietjet. "We believe that the GTF engine will deliver exceptional fuel efficiency and a superbly quiet passenger experience."
Vietjet placed an order for 63 A320neo family aircraft in February 2016, and ordered an additional 10 aircraft just last month during a signing ceremony in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Both contracts included multi-year EngineWise™ Fleet Management Programs.
"We are honored to provide Vietjet with the GTF engines for its first A321neo," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "The GTF engine with brand-new technology has changed the game on economic and environmental performance, and we're certain Vietjet will enjoy these benefits."
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.