Lufthansa, the namesake flagship airline of the Lufthansa Group, has taken delivery of the first customer A320neo. The occasion also represents the first delivery of Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G-family geared-turbofan engines to any operator.

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Airbus has received joint type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration for the version of the A320neo single-aisle jet powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared-turbofan engines.

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Pratt & Whitney’s PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries commercial-jet family flew its maiden flight on the engine manufacturer’s Boeing 747SP flying test-bed at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Quebec, on June 20.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation reveals that U.S. regional airline group Trans States Holdings firmed its order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets on December 27, 2010 and took options on another 50 aircraft.

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Airlines now have a choice between CFM International’s new LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, the re-engined A320 family will also sport large, fuel-saving wingtip devices called Sharklets.

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The team, which also includes Pratt & Whitney and Aurora Flight Sciences, is looking at the potential application of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower geared-turbofan technology as an integral part of the design for the eco-friendly narrowbody aircraft.

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