LONDON, July 13 Engine maker Pratt & Whitney
unveiled an enhancement to its engine for the Airbus
A320neo plane on Sunday that it says will improve fuel burn
efficiency by a further 2 percent, stepping up the battle with
Pratt, a division of United Technologies Corp, said
the new PW1100G-JM engine, dubbed the Advantage, would be
released in 2019 and that it was already offering it to airline
Pratt competes with CFM, a joint venture between Safran
and GE, on engines for the A320neo. Airlines
usually decide at a later date what engine to put in planes they
CFM announced on Sunday an order worth $2.6 billion at list
prices to provide engines for 100 Airbus A320neo jets that
American Airlines has on order.
"Under the wing, we need to differentiate ourselves and
that's what we're doing here," David Brantner, president of
Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, told journalists ahead of
the Farnborough air show that begins on Monday.
When asked about whether Pratt would be looking to try to
win easyJet and Ryanair away from their regular
engine supplier CFM, he said Pratt would make an offer, but
would not do so at any price.
"We'll take a shot at those customers, and if the economics
are right, we'll come but we're not going to give that away," he
"We'll get our fair share of orders, they'll get theirs," he
added of CFM.
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Mark Potter)