Feb 12, 2016: European aircraft maker Airbus delivered the first A320neo jetliner to German carrier Lufthansa, equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan engines touted for its low emissions and quiet operation. The single aisle aircraft is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient aircraft.
The A320neo took off from the Airbus facility in Hamburg-Finkenwerder as a special flight with guests and media representatives on board.
The A320neo was fitted with a special logo “First to fly A320neo – Less noise. Less fuel. Less CO2“, adorning the rear fuselage of the Lufthansa aircraft.
“Lufthansa and Airbus have developed a trusting and productive 40-year partnership. With new and efficient aircraft, such as the A320neo and the A350 XWB, we set new standards for our passengers, while reducing the impact on the environment and, not least of all, on the people living near airports,” says Carsten Spohr, chairman of the board and CEO of Lufthansa Group.
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices.
Robert Leduc, president, Pratt & Whitney-engine manufacturer, “Pratt & Whitney is proud to build on its long and deep history with Lufthansa and Airbus by together marking a new era in commercial aviation with the delivery of the A320neo equipped with ultra-high bypass ratio Geared Turbofan engines.”
Pratt & Whitney says its geared turbofan engines reduce emissions and noise and burn 15 percent less fuel than current generation aircraft at the outset and 20 percent less by 2020.
“Together, we’re opening a new chapter in commercial aviation and I am confident that the A320neo will support Lufthansa’s objective to raise its environmental performance. The A320neo not only cuts emissions at every operational stage but also halves its noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
Lufthansa is the largest Airbus customer having ordered a total of 582 Airbus aircraft in the past 40 years. The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 A320neos and A321neos, to be delivered in the next years. 60 aircraft will be delivered with the new PW1100G-JM engine from Pratt & Whitney.