Frontier Airlines introduces the first A321neo with GTF engines

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Frontier Airlines introduces the first A321neo with GTF engines
Source: Airbus
October 12, 2022

The aircraft has been dubbed "Frederick the Bald Eagle" in honor of Pratt & Whitney founder Frederick B. Rentschler

Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX ) company, and Frontier Airlines ("Frontier") today welcomed the arrival of the airline's first Airbus A321neo aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines, at a celebration at the Airport. Tampa International.

“Frederick the Bald Eagle,” named for Pratt & Whitney founder Frederick Rentschler, is Frontier Airlines' first Airbus A321neo and the first of 144 A320neo family aircraft powered by GTF™ engines. Photo Credit: Airbus

In recognition of the companies' relationship, Frontier asked Pratt & Whitney employees to name the first three aircraft. The first aircraft was named "Frederick the Bald Eagle" after company founder Frederick B. Rentschler, in recognition of the engine manufacturer's nearly 100-year history. The aircraft features the distinctive Pratt & Whitney bald eagle on the tail and is the first of 144 aircraft in the A320neo family, 134 purchased and 10 leased, for which Frontier has selected the GTF engine. In the coming months, Frontier will reveal two additional aircraft named after other Pratt & Whitney pioneers, each with its own unique tail design.

Rick Deurloo, President of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney, joined Frontier Chairman and CEO Barry Biffle, along with employees and distinguished guests, at Tampa International Airport to mark the occasion and shared commitment to a brighter future. sustainable.

"Our employees are the true pioneers, who are committed to developing transformational technologies that will enable the industry to achieve its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050," Deurloo said. "For the traveling public, the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine means a focus on environmental responsibility with less fuel burn, emissions and noise, keeping fares low and contributing to quieter flights and cleaner communities."

"We are delighted to welcome our first A321neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney's innovative GTF engines, to the Frontier fleet," said Biffle. "Frontier is already America's greenest airline based on our young and highly fuel-efficient fleet, and these new aircraft will take us to the next level in terms of operating efficiency and further reducing our environmental footprint. The operational performance we offering these aircraft will generate savings that can be passed on to our customers, helping us continue to fulfill our mission of providing 'low fares done right' across the United States and beyond."

Rentschler founded the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company in Hartford, Conn. in July 1925. He had a vision for viable commercial aviation: The best planes can only be built with the best engines. The company's first product, designed late that year, was an air-cooled radial piston engine called the Wasp. The engine transformed the aviation industry and is the only aircraft engine designated as a historical landmark to this day. The GTF engine extends Rentschler's vision and spirit of innovation with its geared fan design. It has saved airlines more than 800 million gallons of fuel and more than 8 million metric tons of CO2 since it entered service in January 2016.

The Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine is the only geared propulsion system to offer industry-leading sustainability benefits and world-class reliable operating costs. It offers the highest fuel efficiency and lowest greenhouse gas emissions for the Airbus A320neo family. GTF-powered aircraft reduce fuel burn and CO 2 by 16-20%, NOx emissions by 50%, and noise footprint by 75%.* Certified to run on 50% diesel fuel Sustainable Aviation (SAF) and successfully tested with 100% SAF, the engines are capable of further reducing carbon emissions, which will help the aviation industry achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The engine's revolutionary geared fan architecture is the foundation for more sustainable aviation technologies for decades to come, with advancements like the Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage™ engine and beyond . More information at

*Reductions compared to previous generation aircraft, based on a 75 dB noise contour and ICAO CAEP/6 emission standards.


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