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Hawaiian Airlines today marked delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, powered by revolutionary Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, with a ceremony at its headquarters at Honolulu International Airport. The airline will be the first GTF operator to utilize the aircraft’s 180-minute Extended Range Operations (ETOPS) certification, as well as the first airline in the United States to fly the GTF-powered Airbus A321neo.
“We’ve been powering aircraft at Hawaiian since 1929 and we appreciate the continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney,” said Chris Calio, president, commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney. “From the Wasp-powered Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker to the PW4000-powered Boeing 767 to the GTF-powered A321neo, we’re honored to continue the tradition.”
Pratt & Whitney GTF engines will power up to 25 A321neo aircraft for Hawaiian Airlines, which is anticipated to operate the aircraft on routes like Portland-Maui, Oakland-Kauai and Los Angeles-Kona. Since entering service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, regulated emissions by 50 percent and noise footprint by 75 percent.
“The GTF engine and A321neo are part of our continuing commitment to invest in new technology that improves operational efficiency and shrinks our environmental footprint,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines. “We’re looking forward to serving our passengers with this ultra-quiet engine and aircraft.”