NEW YORK & PARIS - June 21, 2011 - CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a global leader in transportation finance, today announced from the 49th International Paris Air Show that CIT Aerospace has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G engines for its order of the Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The deal includes 60 PW1100G engines and options for up to 40 additional engines installed on aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"The purchase of these PurePower engines for our new A320neo aircraft supports our vision to offer the most modern, technologically advanced fleets in the industry," said Jeff Knittel, President of Transportation Finance at CIT. "Our customers' success depends on fuel-efficient, dependable engines and we continue to expand our portfolio to meet the demands of our customer base."
Each CIT Aerospace Pratt and Whitney-powered neo family aircraft will be powered by two PurePower PW1100G engines with benefits including double-digit reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise and operating costs when compared with today's engines.
"We are proud that CIT Aerospace, a leading aircraft lessor, selected the PurePower engine to power its A320neo aircraft fleet," said Todd Kallman, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines & Global Services president. "The compelling fuel burn and environmental advantages of the engine make it appealing to airline customers, especially now with rising costs and shrinking profits."
The PurePower engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine's fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core delivers the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits.
CIT Aerospace provides leasing and financing packages - including operating leases and structuring and fleet management services - for commercial airlines worldwide. CIT Aerospace owns or finances a fleet of approximately 300 commercial aircraft and serves approximately 115 customers in 55 countries.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
Source: CIT Selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G Engines to Power Up to 50 Airbus A320neo Aircraft Family
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