The LEAP engine order between Air India and CFM International, which was initially announced in February and will power the airline’s new fleet of 210 Airbus A320/A321neos and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, has been finalized. Additionally, a multi-year servicing contract was inked by the two parties and it covers all of the airline’s LEAP engines.
Since 2002, when it started using CFM56-5B engines to power its Airbus A320ceo fleet, Air India has been a client of CFM. Air India became the first LEAP-1A-powered operator in India in 2017 when it started flying A320neos. There are now 27 A320neo family aircraft powered by LEAP-1A in the airline’s fleet.
Campbell Wilson, CEO and Managing Director of Air India, stated: “We are pleased to celebrate with CFM a significant contract that will play a critical part in our future development. “We will optimise our operations in terms of environmental footprint and operational cost, while benefiting our customers,” says the services agreement and the adoption of the LEAP engine on a larger scale.
Gal Méheust, President and CEO of CFM International, remarked that the reaffirmed faith of Air India was a significant turning point in the company’s history. “This order solidifies our presence in India and binds us to continue supporting Air India’s growth with the highest CFM standards in terms of dependability, efficiency, and customer support.”
With more than 33 million engine flight hours and 15 million flight cycles, the LEAP engine family has accumulated flight hours among the quickest in commercial aviation history.
When compared to earlier generations of engines, LEAP engines consume 15 to 20 percent less fuel, emit less CO2, and are significantly quieter. Compared to the same flights conducted using aircraft powered by earlier generation engines, customers have been able to save more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 since the LEAP engine entered service in 2016.