Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., celebrated the successful delivery of the first Bombardier CS300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine. The Bombadier had a delivery ceremony in Mirabel, Canada, where the final delivery of the C Series and GTF final assembly takes place.
The GTF engine has demonstrated the promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standards. It also lowers noise footprint by 75 percent.
"Today we celebrate delivery of our first GTF-powered C Series aircraft. We are excited for the dramatic improvements in efficiency, emissions, and noise that will enhance our operations and passenger experience," said Soo-Keun Lee, chief technology officer at Korean Air.
"This is a very important milestone for the C Series program because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air Lines as our brand ambassador in the region," said Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We expect that over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft. We are thrilled that Korean Air is the first in the region to showcase the CS300 aircraft's outstanding performance and capabilities."