In a bid to further extend the economic and environmental benefits of the existing GTF engine, Pratt & Whitney has unveiled the GTF Advantage engine.
According to the company, the engine is by far the most fuel-efficient and sustainable single-aisle aircraft engine and will support Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
The engine will be available for A320neo family aircraft starting in January 2024. This new configuration will be interchangeable with already delivered engines for a seamless introduction for operators and will become the new production standard for A320neo family aircraft.
The GTF Advantage configuration reduces fuel consumption by an additional 1%, extending the engine’s lead as the most efficient powerplant for the A320neo family. In total, the engine decreases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 17% compared to prior-generation engines, the company said.
In addition, the new engine will be compatible with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at entry into service, helping the industry meet its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
This new configuration delivers higher thrust, both at sea level and for “hot and high” airports. With up to 34,000 pounds of takeoff thrust per engine, the Advantage configuration makes GTF the most powerful engine for the A320neo family. In addition, the higher thrust rating enables increased range and payload, unlocking more destinations for airlines.
Carroll Lane, President, Commercial Engines, Pratt & Whitney, said, “GTF engines met or exceeded fuel, emissions and noise commitments from day one and have since achieved a strong record of dependability and low operating cost. GTF Advantage provides even more value to our customers, both in revenue potential and environmental impact, with lower fuel burn and new route opportunities.”
The GTF Advantage configuration includes technology enhancements throughout the engine core, for which Pratt & Whitney has already completed more than a year of ground and flight testing.
Tom Pelland, Senior Vice President, GTF Engines, Pratt & Whitney, said, “We always said our geared fan architecture has a long runway for growth and future development, and the GTF Advantage demonstrates this. Our gear system, and the overall engine architecture it enables, are foundational to unlock the benefits of advanced aerodynamics, materials and systems. We are committed to continuing to invest in these technologies for the next generation of commercial aircraft.”