National: May 21, 2021 — IndiGo today announced that it has selected CFM International LEAP-1A
engines to power its fleet of 310 new Airbus A320neo, A321neo, and A321XLR aircraft. This agreement
includes 620 new installed engines and associated spare engines, as well as a long-term, multi-year
In 2019, IndiGo Airline selected LEAP-1A engines and signed a long-term service agreement for engines to
power 280 A320neo family aircraft. This new agreement, therefore, secures the LEAP-1A engine and
its long-term service agreements for a total of 590 IndiGo A320neo family aircraft.
The airline is currently operating seven A320neo and 15 A321neo with LEAP-1A engines. This
agreement will secure LEAP-1A engines and service agreements for itsA320neo family aircraft to be
delivered from 2023 onwards.
“This is a pivotal milestone that reflects our long-standing commitment to rapidly strengthen our
network both domestically and internationally. This expansion will serve as a catalyst to boost India’s
economic growth and the mobility of its people. India’s aviation sector is poised to grow from strength
to strength, and we will continue on our mission of building a world class transportation network. We
are here to deliver on our promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle free experience to
all our customers.” said Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo.
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with CFM for our next batch of Airbus A320neo, A321neo
and A321 XLR aircraft,” said Riyaz Peermohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer of
IndiGo. “The introduction of the CFM LEAP engines in our fleet will allow us to maintain our strong
focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability.”
“We are incredibly honored by IndiGo’s renewed trust in CFM,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO
of CFM International. “We are fully committed to helping IndiGo optimize its operations by providing
them with the industry-leading asset utilization, fuel efficiency, and overall cost of ownership.”
“We are proud to expand our relationship with IndiGo and play a key role in their continuous growth,”
said Philippe Couteaux, vice president Sales & Marketing of CFM parent company, Safran Aircraft
Engines. “We take IndiGo’s trust as a great responsibility to keep supporting their fleet with the highlevel CFM standards”.
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The LEAP engine, which has logged more than 10 million engine flight hours in less than five years of
commercial service, continues to set new industry standards for asset utilization, while reducing fuel
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Austrian Ministry of Defense selects the C-390 Millennium as its new military transport aircraft
The Austrian Ministry of Defense announced today the decision to select the C-390 Millennium aircraft as its new tactical transport solution. Embraer is honored to be chosen to support this important Air Force in Europe.
Austria joins Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, and the Netherlands as the future operators of the C-390 Millennium multi-mission platform, an aircraft that is rapidly redefining the standards of tactical transport in the world defense market.
Embraer is ready to support the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Air Force in order to meet the demanding requirements of their acquisition process and is prepared to further strengthen the relationship with this nation.
U.S. F-35 Fighter Jet Missing in South Carolina, and Asks Public for Help
A US fighter jet went missing in South Carolina during a training mishap. According to US military officials, the search for his missing aircraft was centered on two lakes north of North Charleston.
At around 2 p.m. (local time), the pilot evacuated and safely parachuted into a North Charleston neighborhood. He was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Military officials appealed to the public for assistance with finding the aircraft on Twitter.
Authorities stated that they are currently looking into the cause of the pilot’s ejection. According to Salinas, the pilot of a second F-35 made a safe landing at Joint Base Charleston. The pilots and their aircraft were part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which is stationed in Beaufort, which is close to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina.
According to base authorities, they were conducting a search over two lakes to the north of Charleston in collaboration with federal aviation authorities. Each of the aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin, cost about USD 80 million.
A Flight to Freedom: How Qatar Airways Helped Save a Lion’s Life
Reuben’s Second Chance: From a Cage in Romania to African Wilderness
Imagine sitting in a small cage for 6 years. Would you rather enjoy life or give it up? One of the Lions was living alone in Romania and stopped roaring after being left alone in the cage with no other animals nearby.
Qatar Airways assists this lion in living its second life by transporting it from Romania to an African forest where he can enjoy the rest of his life with other lions.
The CEO of ADI (Animal Defender International) Wildlife Sanctuary, John Kramer, in South Africa, took the initiative to bring these lions back from Romania. The entire purpose of this Sanctuary is to give back to these animals from circuses, animals who have never seen their native land, animals who have never walked on grass, lived in tiny cages bare balls, never had the sun on their backs, and all they’ve done is sit in a box to entertain humans and have never experienced anything of their natural life.
The goal of ADI Wildlife Sanctuary is to give them back as close to the life they lost as possible, which is why they have such large habitats. The reason is that he was born in a privately owned zoo in Armenia, and the family decided to close the zoo and have the animals removed, leaving him behind. He’s been alone for 6 years, and he’s actually stopped roaring.
Qatar Airways’ Compassion Soars: Lion Rescued and Rehomed in Africa
They were out of options for a flight out of Armenia for Reuben due to the size of the crate and they didn’t know what they were going to do until Qatar Airways cargo stepped in and not only said that they would arrange the flights and bring in the special aircraft, but their We Care Programme paid for Ruben’s flight. They’ve been able to begin moving out and are so happy to get up Airways cargo for allowing Reuben to live the life he lost.
What they hope to accomplish for Ruben today in the habitat here is for him to hear the voices of other lions, and he will hear a lot of lion voices here, which will give him a second shot at life. The team is overjoyed because this battered Old Lion King will be walking on African soil for the first time, and the magic of him being back where he belongs, where his forefathers came from, and with his own kind again, but he will see them, hear them, smell them, he will literally be home, and he will spend the rest of his life in Freedom.
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