Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has selected the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100-JM for 30 Airbus A320neos on order, helping to close the narrow lead staked by the CFM International Leap-1A in the narrowbody engine competition.
The order extends P&W's presence in the Volaris fleet. The carrier also selected the International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 to power 14 current engine A320s on order with Airbus, which is the same engine already powering about 40 A320 family aircraft in the Volaris fleet.
IAE is a joint venture in which P&W units own a 49.5% stake, with Germany's MTU and the Japan Aero Engines Corp splitting the remaining ownership share.
"We look forward to continuing our partnership with confidence in Pratt & Whitney and IAE to power our aircraft in the coming years," says Volaris chief executive Enrique Beltranena.
Volaris's selection also boosts P&W in the race for market share on the A320neo family.
The order raises total orders for aircraft powered by the PW1100-JM to 772, or 32.8% of the 2,348 A320neos on order, according to Flightglobal Ascend online database. CFM International has been selected for 802 aircraft and a 34.2% share. Orders for 774 aircraft remain undecided on engine selection, the database shows.
Volaris also signed a 12-year maintenance service agreement for 66 PW1100-JM engines, which includes spares and options, P&W says. The carrier also signed a separate 12-year maintenance deal with IAE for 29 engines, including one spare.