The order will be announced as early as next week at the Singapore Airshow, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t yet public. The engines are for 25 Airbus planes, including 12 A320neos and 13 A320ceos, that BOC Aviation ordered in September, they said.
Airbus turned the A320neo with new engines into the fastest-selling airliner in commercial history, underscoring customers’ need to cut fuel bills that can comprise 40 percent of operating expenses. Lessors such as Singapore-based BOC Aviation, a unit of Bank of China Ltd., and Southeast Asian airlines are ordering more planes as economic growth in the region lifts air travel demand.
Pratt & Whitney said in an e-mail that it “does not comment on rumors or speculation.” The company has received orders for more than 5,000 geared turbofan engines from more than 50 airline and lessor customers, it said.
Airbus plans to introduce the A320neo from next year, with the version featuring Pratt & Whitney engines to enter service ahead of the rival offering being developed by a joint venture of General Electric Co. (GE) and France’s Safran SA. Pratt is also the largest partner in the International Aero Engines joint venture building V2500 turbines for current model A320s.
BOC Aviation has a portfolio of 226 owned and managed aircraft operated by airlines worldwide and another 100 planes on order, according to its website. The company’s fleet has an average age of less than four years.
The aircraft BOC Aviation ordered in September is for deliveries from 2015 to 2019, the lessor had said earlier.
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