US Airways To
Upgrade Entire V2500 Fleet With SelectTwoTM
By Eddy Metcalf
June 22, 2011 - US Airways, the largest operator of the
Airbus A320 family of aircraft has signed a memorandum
of understanding to upgrade its fleet of V2500-powered
Airbus A320 family aircraft with the recently unveiled
V2500 SelectTwo fuel burn improvement package from
International Aero Engines.
part of this agreement, US Airways would purchase kits
to upgrade 92 aircraft in its fleet and to convert 60
aircraft on order to the newest engine configuration
prior to aircraft delivery.
The A320 series has two variants, the A320-100 and A320-200. Only 21 A320-100s were ever produced; these aircraft, the first to be manufactured, were delivered only to Air Inter (later acquired by Air France) and British Airways (as a result of an order from British Caledonian Airways made prior to its acquisition by British Airways).
A320-200 features wingtip fences and increased fuel capacity
over the A320-100, resulting in increased range; otherwise
differences are minimal. Typical range with 150 passengers for
the A320-200 is about 3,300 nautical miles. It is powered by two
CFMI CFM56-5s or IAE V2500s with thrust ratings between 113 to
120 kN (25,400 to 27,000 lbf). The direct Boeing competitor is
start of our relationship more than two decades ago, US Airways
and IAE have benefited through our collaborative cultures," said
Ian Aitken, president and chief executive officer of IAE. "To
have US Airways retrofit its V2500 fleet with the SelectTwo
demonstrates the value of the upgrade package and once again
proves our philosophy of continuous improvement."
V2500 is a two-shaft high-bypass turbofan engine which powers
the Airbus A320 family (A320, A321, A319 and the Airbus
Corporate Jet), and the McDonnell Douglas MD-90. International
Aero Engines is a consortium backed by four aero-engine
manufacturers, formed in 1983 to produce the engine. FAA flight
certification for the V2500 was granted in 1988.
relationship with US Airways began with America West Airlines, which
placed three V2500 powered Airbus A320 aircraft into service in February
1991. "US Airways has been proud to partner of International Aero
Engines for more than 20 years and is pleased to be acquiring this
environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient enhancement to V2500
engines, which is installed on many of our narrow body Airbus fleet,"
said US Airways' Chief Operating Officer, Robert Isom.
"IAE is an
important business partner that is customer focused and has executed a
strategy of consistently upgrading the capabilities of V2500 engines to
provide us with the most efficient powerplant possible."
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