V2500 Powers First NA A320 Carrier to Receive Sharklets

Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:01pm EST

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  GLASTONBURY, CT, Feb 28 (Marketwire) -- 
The V2500 has the honor of powering the first North American A320 carrier
-- JetBlue Airways -- to fly commercial service with Sharklets. 

    JetBlue signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of
retrofit Sharklets for the airline's in-service A320 aircraft. Deliveries
are scheduled to start in 2014. Last week, JetBlue unveiled the first of
its A320 aircraft to be outfitted with Sharklets. Once all retrofits are
completed JetBlue will have the largest A320 fleet in the world with
Sharklets.

    JetBlue is one of IAE's largest operators with 127 A320 family aircraft
in service. They have converted 30 of their 44 A320s on order to A321s,
bringing them to a total 171 V2500-powered aircraft. JetBlue has also
placed an order for 40 A320neo with the PW1100G-JM.

    "JetBlue has constantly been on the leading edge when it comes to
innovation and quality," said IAE President Jon Beatty. "They were an
early adopter of the V2500 SelectOne(TM) engine upgrade, and the Sharklet
retrofits will further improve their fuel burn and emissions. IAE is
proud to exclusively power their A320 family fleet."

    About JetBlue Airways
 JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline(TM) with
other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach),
San Juan and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free
in-flight entertainment as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most
legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat
pitch), as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also
America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of
Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers
inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit
www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 75 cities with 750
daily flights and plans to launch service to Charleston, S.C.,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2013, as well
as Medellin, Colombia, subject to receipt of government operating
authority. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way,
and an overnight stay is never required. For information call
1-800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530), or visit www.jetblue.com.

    About IAE: IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose
shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt &
Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines
Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 5,400 engines have
been delivered and nearly 1,800 more engines are on order with close to
200 customers around the world. Visit www.i-a-e.com. 

    

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Heather Waldron
Communications Manager 
IAE International Aero Engines AG
mobile 1.860.709.1368
heather.waldron@iaev2500.com 

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