Pratt & Whitney and Frontier Airlines have unveiled an aircraft named after Maria Della Posta, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada and the first woman to head a business unit at the engine producer.

“Maria the Bald Eagle,” the airline’s second A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, comes with a ilvery featuring the raptor, a North American wildlife icon,

“Frontier and Pratt & Whitney share a common mission towards evermore sustainable aviation,” said Della Posta. “At Pratt & Whitney, we seek not just to be the best engine supplier in the world, but also the best for the world”

Della Posta joined Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1985 and has, the company said, “been instrumental in driving a significant business model transformation, customer-centric culture and focus on sustainability”.

“Frontier is proud to take delivery of our second A321neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines,” said Barry Biffle, president and chief executive of the airline.

“We also commend Pratt & Whitney employees for honouring a groundbreaking female leader through their aircraft naming choice and for recognisng the importance of shining a light on women trailblazers in aviation,” he said.