Pratt & Whitney announced Tuesday that Airbus has begun flight testing of the GTF Advantage engine on an A320neo aircraft. This first campaign will test the engine in a variety of environments, including hot and cold weather and operation from high-altitude airports. Certification of the engine will continue through the first half of 2023, including flights currently underway at the Pratt & Whitney test stand in Mirabel, Canada. The GTF Advantage has completed more than 2,400 hours and 7,800 test cycles, including one on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). "The GTF engines already offer the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the A320neo Family," said Rick Deurloo, president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “The GTF Advantage engine extends that advantage. It also improves aircraft capacity by increasing thrust and protects durability by running cooler. For airlines, this means new revenue opportunities and better operating economics. Our revolutionary geared fan architecture is the foundation for the most sustainable aviation technologies for decades to come, and the GTF Advantage engine is the next step on that path.” The GTF Advantage engine reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 1% compared to the current GTF engine model. Capable of a 4% takeoff thrust improvement at sea level, the engine could enable longer range and higher payload, making it particularly suitable for A321XLR aircraft and unlocking more destinations for airlines. In addition, the engine will offer up to an 8% increase in takeoff thrust at high altitudes.
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