EAST HARTFORD, Conn., 8 May 2014. Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), the flag carrier of Brunei Darussalam, signed a letter of intent with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), for PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power seven A320neo aircraft.
The airline has a firm contract to buy seven A320neo, with options to purchase three additional aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2018.
"Royal Brunei is focused on providing its customers a state-of-the-art fleet, and we are proud they have selected Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power their new A320neo family," says Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We are confident that our Geared Turbofan engines will meet the high standards Royal Brunei has set for itself."
"RB has operated the A320 family of aircraft since 2003. We are confident this latest NEO version will bring even greater levels of efficiency, with 15 percent less fuel and a significantly reduced impact on the environment. At the same time, the new aircraft will offer unmatched levels of in-flight comfort, longer flying range and significant underfloor cargo capability," adds Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of RB.
To date, the PurePower engine family has more than 5,300 orders and commitments, including options, from more than 50 global customers.
Royal Brunei Airlines, the country's flag carrier, was established in 1974. Royal Brunei's strategy to develop the airline as a world-class player has resulted in the acquisition of new aircraft and upgrading of current equipment with state-of-the-art technology. The company's core objective is to raise the levels of comfort and safety. Royal Brunei provides scheduled services across Asia, the Middle East, Australasia, and to the United Kingdom. As an added convenience to its passengers, the airline has code-share agreements enabling passengers to co-ordinate flights for seamless travel to a wider choice of destinations.