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CFM Finalizes Air India Order for Over 800 Engines

July 20, 2023
The carrier’s expansive fleet modernization program calls for the largest-ever order for the fuel-saving turbofan engine series, a placement estimated at up to $1.16 billion.

CFM International has a final order from Air India for more than 800 LEAP engines to power 400 new aircraft it ordered earlier this year. According to details reported earlier this year, CFM is due to supply 420 LEAP-1A engines and 380 LEAP-1B engines, plus spares. 

The value of the order was not announced, but could be worth as much as $1.16 billion based on list prices for the LEAP engines. It’s reportedly the largest-ever order for the LEAP engine series.

The LEAP engine is a high-bypass turbofan series developed by CFM as a fuel-efficient power source for narrow-body aircraft. Reportedly, it delivers 15-20% better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions than the earlier-generation CFM56 engine.

LEAP engines are built separately by CFM’s joint-venture partners, GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines

Air India placed contracts earlier this year for 210 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft and 190 Boeing 737 MAX jets in a historic order said to be worth $80 billion. That order also involves 40 widebody A350-1000 and six A350-900 jets, which will feature different engine models.

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