Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has been awarded Pure-V™ designation for maintaining its fleet of more than 120 V2500® engines to the manufacturer’s standards and incorporating only OEM approved parts and repairs.
The V2500 engine, standard on Wizz Air’s current fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, is offered through IAE International Aero Engines AG, an aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX) in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.
“We marked our 11th anniversary this year and are proud to be recognized for meeting the highest quality standards for our V2500 engines,” said Wizz Air Chief Operations Officer Diederik Pen. “Ensuring that our engines are working at optimum performance is extremely important to us as it not only helps to maintain our high safety standards, but it reduces our operating costs and greatly extends the life of the engine, benefits that ultimately translate to lower prices for our passengers.”
According to Pratt & Whitney, engines maintained to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards can go almost 20 percent longer on-wing between shop visits and have fewer unscheduled removals. The company said approximately 60 percent of the global V2500 engine fleet qualifies as Pure-V.