Korean Air has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G to power its upcoming fleet of Airbus A321neos.
The first of up to 50 examples is due to arrive with the Seoul-based carrier in 2021. The development is seen as a natural fit for the airline, which already uses Pratt & Whitney powerplants across its Boeing and Airbus portfolio, including the A220, A330 and 777. Korean Air also operates ten A380s powered by the Engine Alliance GP7200, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.
Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney noted that the engine manufacturer “shared a long-standing relationship and history with Korean Air dating back to the late 1960s” and that the firm is “honoured to power their next-generation fleet”.
Building on the Singapore Airshow announcement, the two firms also confirmed that they are entering into discussions for the Korean flag carrier’s maintenance and engineering division to join Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM GTF MRO pool. Soo-Keun Lee, Korean Air’s chief operations officer commented: “Joining the GTF MRO network is a significant milestone that will allow Korean Air to enhance its MRO capability.”