Friday, May 21, 2021

IndiGo selects CFM engines for its 590 Airbus A320neos, not Pratt & Whitney

IndiGo 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 service agreement.

The low cost carrier (LCC) had two years back selected LEAP-1A engines for 280 A320neo (new engine option) family of aircraft. Following the latest agreement, IndiGo now has chosen LEAP-1A engines and its long-term service agreements for 590 IndiGo A320neo family aircraft.

IndiGo, the world’s biggest customer for Airbus’ best selling A320neo family of aircraft, has chosen CFM over Pratt & Whitney whose Neo engines had a significant amount of teething troubles till 2019.

India had ordered replacement of all previous generation PW engines for Neos and allowed these planes to fly only after PW installed new-gen engines in which the recurring problems had been fixed. To be sure, now all A320neos flying with IndiGo and GoAir with PW engines have the new-gen engines.

India’s biggest airline, in terms of passenger carriage, currently operates seven A320neo and 15 A321neo with LEAP-1A engines. This agreement will secure LEAP-1A engines and service agreements for its A320neo family aircraft to be delivered from 2023 onwards. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company owned by GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

21/05/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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