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Air France-KLM Enters Exclusive Negotiations With CFM For Future A320neo Family Engines

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Air France-KLM has entered exclusive negotiations with CFM International for the acquisition of LEAP-1A engines to power the Group's new fleet of up to 160 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

KLM Airbus A321neo Rendering - Courtesy Airbus

On Friday (April 8, 2022), CFM International announced that Air France-KLM has entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of LEAP-1A engines to power their new fleet of Airbus A320 Family aircraft. Last December, the Group announced an order for 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, including purchase rights for 60 more, to renew the fleets of KLM and Transavia Netherlands, as well as to expand and renew the fleet of Transavia France. Additionally, CFM will expand their existing relationship with the Air France-KLM Group on engine maintenance and overhaul services. The Group is a longstanding CFM customer and currently operates CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines that power the airlines’ Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320ceo fleets, respectively.

KLM and Transavia Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft Renderings - Courtesy Safran

In Friday’s announcement, CFM International’s President and CEO, Gaël Méheust, said,

“We are thrilled with the Air France-KLM decision that expands our great partnership. We share with Air-France-KLM the same vision on delivering more sustainable aviation by reducing carbon emissions. We are committed to providing them a solution that combines all the benefits of the LEAP engine and the company’s world-class support.”

CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engines have logged over 15 million engine flight hours in commercial operation, setting new industry standards for fuel efficiency and asset utilization. The engines deliver improved fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions compared to previous generation models, as well as a substantially reduced noise footprint. The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

Source: CFM International


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