MTU Aero has delivered the first Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM Geared Turbofan engine assembled on its own final assembly line to Airbus.
The new assembly line for the A320neo engine was officially inaugurated by Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Klaus Roewe, head of the A320 Family Programme, Airbus Group, the MTU executive board members Reiner Winkler, CEO and Dr. Rainer Martens, chief operating officer.
The development of a new propulsion system to power the A320 family came in late 2010 when Airbus decided to go forward with the A320neo (new engine option). Among the innovations that make this aircraft stand out are its engines, which usher in a new era of eco-efficient flying: The PW1100G-JM engine, which is a member of Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan (GTF) family, is quieter, more fuel efficient and cleaner than any other engine in its class.
Earlier this August, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. awarded the Production Certificate, allowing MTU to perform assembly and acceptance testing in Munich.