Air India finalises deal with CFM International for 800 LEAP engines

Air India has finalised an order for over 800 CFM International LEAP-series engines to power its incoming fleet of 210 Airbus A320neo/A321neos and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. 

Air India had announced in February a record order for more than 800 LEAP engines. 

The companies also signed a multi-year services agreement that will cover the airline’s entire fleet of LEAP engines, an official statement by the aircraft engine-maker said on Thursday. 

“We are delighted to celebrate with CFM a major deal that will play a key role in our future development,” said Campbell Wilson, the CEO and Managing Director of Air India. 

“The introduction on a greater scale of the LEAP engine as well as our services agreement will help us to optimise our operations in terms of environmental footprint and operational cost, while benefiting our customers,” Mr Wilson said. 

The LEAP engine family has amassed more than 35 million engine flight hours and 15 million flight cycles. 

“The renewed trust of Air India is a major milestone in CFM history,” said Gael Meheust, the president and CEO of CFM International.  

 “This order strengthens our presence in India and commits us to further support Air India’s development with the best CFM standards in terms of reliability, efficiency and customer support,” Mr Meheust added. 

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