LATAM Airlines Selects GTF Engines for A320neo Fleet Expansion

In a remarkable collaboration advancing aviation and promoting environmental responsibility, Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon
LATAM Airlines A320neo
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In a remarkable collaboration advancing aviation and promoting environmental responsibility, Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business, has proudly announced that LATAM Airlines Group has opted for their state-of-the-art GTF engines to power additional A320neo family aircraft. This selection follows LATAM's initial order of GTF engines for over 40 aircraft in 2013, and with the inclusion of remaining options, this comprehensive deal encompasses a total of up to 146 aircraft. As part of the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide the airline with long-term engine maintenance through their EngineWise® Comprehensive service.

Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, expressed their commitment to connect South America to the world while prioritizing environmental preservation and carbon footprint reduction. He stated, "We are proud to enhance our partnership with Pratt & Whitney to power our A320neo family, which will allow us to do so, as we expect to grow this fleet over 100 strong in the coming years."

Headquartered in Santiago, Chile, LATAM Airlines Group stands as the premier airline group in Latin America. With a widespread presence in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, as well as international operations spanning Latin America, Europe, Oceania, the U.S., and the Caribbean, LATAM has set industry milestones as the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft. Currently, they operate more than 80 V2500-powered Airbus A320ceo and 16 GTF-powered Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

Rick Deurloo, President of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, acknowledged the longstanding relationship between LATAM and Pratt & Whitney, harking back to the Twin Wasp engine on Douglas DC-3 aircraft over seven decades ago. He remarked, "GTF engines are already delivering exceptional economic and sustainability benefits to LATAM, and we look forward to providing even greater value in the years to come."

The Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine, featuring Collins Aerospace nacelle and accessories, has garnered recognition for its remarkable fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, making it an ideal choice for the Airbus A320neo family. GTF-powered aircraft exhibit fuel consumption and CO2 emission reductions of 16% to 20%, NOx emissions reductions of up to 50%, and noise footprint reductions of up to 75%. The engines are certified to operate on 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and have successfully undergone testing with 100% SAF, poised to further decrease carbon footprints in line with the aviation industry's objective of achieving net-zero emissions by the 2050s. The GTF engine serves as a stepping stone toward future advancements in propulsion technologies, such as the Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage engine and beyond, ensuring even greater efficiency and sustainability in the decades ahead. For more information, visit

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