V2500 Powers First NA A320 Carrier to Receive Sharklets
Glastonbury, Conn. (Feb. 28, 2013) – The V2500 has the honor of powering the first North American A320 carrier – JetBlue Airways – to fly commercial service with Sharklets.
JetBlue signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of retrofit Sharklets for the airline’s in-service A320 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2014. Last week, JetBlue unveiled the first of its A320 aircraft to be outfitted with Sharklets. Once all retrofits are completed JetBlue will have the largest A320 fleet in the world with Sharklets.
JetBlue is one of IAE’s largest operators with 127 A320 family aircraft in service. They have converted 30 of their 44 A320s on order to A321s, bringing them to a total 171 V2500-powered aircraft. JetBlue has also placed an order for 40 A320neo with the PW1100G-JM.
“JetBlue has constantly been on the leading edge when it comes to innovation and quality,” said IAE President Jon Beatty. “They were an early adopter of the V2500 SelectOne™ engine upgrade, and the Sharklet retrofits will further improve their fuel burn and emissions. IAE is proud to exclusively power their A320 family fleet.”
About JetBlue Airways: JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach), San Juan and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free in-flight entertainment as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch), as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 75 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to launch service to Charleston, S.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2013, as well as Medellín, Colombia, subject to receipt of government operating authority. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call 1-800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530), or visit www.jetblue.com.
About IAE: IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 5,400 engines have been delivered and nearly 1,800 more engines are on order with close to 200 customers around the world.