Air India has been a CFM customer since 2002 when it started operating A320 Neo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. , Photo Credit: The Hindu
Air India and CFM International have finalized the order for LEAP engines for the carrier’s new fleet of 400 narrow-body aircraft.
These engines will power 210 Airbus A320/A321neo and 190 Boeing 737 Max family aircraft.
“The two companies also signed a multi-year service agreement that will cover the airline’s entire fleet of LEAP engines,” CFM said in a release on Thursday.
The order was first announced in February.
Air India has been a CFM customer since 2002 when it started operating A320 Neo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines.
In 2017, the airline began operating the A320 Neo, becoming the first LEAP-1A-powered operator in India. The airline’s fleet currently consists of 27 LEAP-1A-powered A320neo family aircraft, the release said.
Air India CEO and MD Campbell Wilson said, “We are delighted to celebrate a major deal with CFM which will play a key role in our future growth.”
Gail Mehst, President and CEO of CFM International, said the order strengthens its presence in India.
Earlier this year, Air India placed an order for 470 aircraft, including 70 wide-body aircraft. CFM International is an equal joint venture between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines.