A Rolls-Royce XWB-97 engine in place on an Airbus A350-1000 widebody aircraft.

CFM and Rolls Land Massive Orders from Air India

Feb. 20, 2023
Two jet-engine builders confirmed their contracts to supply nearly 900 turbofans to power the planned, $80-billion upgrade and expansion of the Indian airline.

Following the ambitious plans announced by Air India to acquire 470 new aircraft to expand and modernize its global fleet, the carrier has extended order to CFM International and Rolls-Royce for a total of 880 new aircraft engines to power the various Airbus and Boeing jets.

The fleet-upgrade plan has been estimated at $80 billion, though Air India has not confirmed that total.

CFM International reported it has drawn the largest-ever order for its CFM LEAP engines, to power 210 Airbus A320/A321neo and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. The order covers 420 LEAP-1A engines and 380 LEAP-1B engines, plus spares. The airline also contracted for CFM services related to the new LEAP engines.

CFM International is a 50-50 venture of GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines, and the developer of the LEAP engine family high-bypass turbofan engines. Each partner manufactures the LEAP engines in its own production operations.

Separately, Rolls-Royce announced its own order from Air India for 68 Trent XWB-97 engines, plus options for 20 more engines. Rolls too noted this represents the largest-ever order for the Trent XWB-97, the exclusive power plant for the Airbus A350-1000 widebody aircraft.

Air India also ordered 12 Trent XWB-84 engines, the sole engine option for the Airbus A350-900.

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