Pratt & Whitney has announced that Royal Jordanian Airlines has selected up to 30 of the latest-generation, single-aisle aircraft powered by GTF engines, replacing its entire narrow body and regional jet fleet over the coming three to five years.

The airline has selected GTF engines to power up to 20 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft, including A320neo and A321neo models.

Royal Jordanian will also introduce up to nine GTF-powered Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, including E190-E2 and E195-E2 models.

Engine maintenance

Pratt & Whitney will also provide the airline with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement. Aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in late 2023.

“We have selected GTF-powered aircraft for their industry-leading efficiency, longer range and exceptional operating economics,” said Samer Majali, vice chairman and CEO at Royal Jordanian.

“These aircraft will allow us to modernise our fleet and offer new routes, all while keeping airfare affordable and significantly reducing our carbon emissions.”

Royal Jordanian is the flag carrier of Jordan based in the capital, Amman.

Second regional customer

The airline becomes the second customer to commit to GTF-powered A320neo family and Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft in the region.

Royal Jordanian currently operates 10 Airbus A320ceo family aircraft with International Aero Engine’s V2500 engines and previously operated several aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney turbofan and turboprop engines and auxiliary power units.

“Pratt & Whitney has been powering Royal Jordanian aircraft since the 1960s, with the Douglas DC-6 and its four Double Wasp engines, followed by the Boeing 707 and 727 in the 70s and 80s and the A330 in last decade ” said Rick Deurloo, president of commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney.

“With the addition of these GTF-powered aircraft, Royal Jordanian will benefit from the geared fan technology that revolutionised the industry with dramatic reductions in noise, emissions and fuel consumption.”
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