United Airlines select Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for A321neo and A321XLR aircraft

Render of a United Airlines Airbus A321neo in flight.
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Pratt & Whitney has announced that United Airlines has selected their ground breaking GTF engine to power a significant order of aircraft. The order includes 70 Airbus A321neo and 50 A321XLR firm aircraft, with the first delivery scheduled for this year.

A 90 year history

This collaboration further solidifies the longstanding relationship between United Airlines and Pratt & Whitney, which dates back more than 90 years.

United Airlines and Pratt & Whitney have a rich history together, having been part of the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation alongside Boeing.

The early days saw them operate Boeing Model 40 aircraft, equipped with a single Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine. Fast forward to the present, and Pratt & Whitney now powers over 250 United aircraft, including the Airbus A320ceo family with V2500® engines, as well as the Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft with PW4000 engines.

Rick Deurloo, the president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “United and Pratt & Whitney share a celebrated history as pioneers of commercial air travel, as well as a commitment to more sustainable aviation as we look forward.”

The selection of the GTF engine by United Airlines is a testament to the engine’s exceptional performance and environmental benefits.


The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine, in conjunction with Collins Aerospace nacelle and engine accessories, offers unparalleled fuel efficiency and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions for the Airbus A320neo family.

These engines have been designed to minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by an impressive 16% to 20%. Furthermore, they can lower NOx emissions by up to 50% and reduce the noise footprint by up to 75%.

What sets the GTF engine apart is its certification for operation on 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), along with successful testing on 100% SAF.

This ground breaking accomplishment positions GTF engines to drive further reductions in carbon footprint, playing a crucial role in helping the aviation industry achieve its ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The engine’s geared fan architecture is considered revolutionary, serving as the foundation for future advancements in propulsion technologies.

Pratt & Whitney is already exploring developments like the Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage™ engine and other innovations that will contribute to even greater efficiency and sustainability.


With the selection of Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine, United Airlines is set to maximize the potential of their A321neo and A321XLR aircraft, offering industry-leading payload, range, and environmental performance.

The collaboration between these two industry giants demonstrates a shared vision for a more sustainable future in aviation.

Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine has been chosen by United Airlines to power their substantial order of Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft.

This decision reflects the long-standing partnership between the two companies and their joint commitment to pioneering advancements in commercial air travel.

The GTF engine’s exceptional fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and potential for future sustainability enhancements make it an excellent choice for United Airlines as they aim to lead the way towards a more eco-friendly aviation industry.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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