The low-cost subsidiary of China Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan, is celebrating the delivery of the carrier’s first Airbus A320neo aircraft. The plane is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and according to the engine manufacturer, the carrier placed its initial engine order in 2019.
“We’re excited for Tigerair Taiwan to receive their first GTF-powered Airbus A320neo,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “Environmental and economic sustainability are key priorities for both companies, and the fuel savings with the GTF engine that will help reduce emissions and lower operating costs to best serve their customers. We look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.”
The Airbus A320neo family incorporates the latest technologies such as Sharklets as well as new generation engines and delivers a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption. The A320neo family had won nearly 7,400 firm orders from 120 customers worldwide as of the end of March 2021.
Tigerair Taiwan, a low-cost carrier established in 2014, currently also operates 11 A320ceo aircraft that are powered by the V2500 engine. According to Pratt & Whitney, the carrier hopes that Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines will help it become more environmentally sustainable and more competitive as a low-cost airline. The manufacturer also says that, since entering service in early 2016, GTF engines have demonstrated their ability to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent compared to the regulatory standard. They also reduce noise footprint by 75 per cent.
We are thrilled to receive our first A320neo and experience those benefits firsthand for years to come.
Dennis Lai, chief operations officer at Tigerair Taiwan
Airbus says the aircraft is the first A320neo to be introduced in Taiwan, and will be the optimal platform for Tigerair Taiwan to increase capacity and open new routes across the Asia region. The aircraft has a range of up to 3,200nm, enabling flights of up to seven hours in duration.
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