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IndiGo Selects CFM LEAP-1A Engines to Power A320neo Family Fleet

IndiGo has selected CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines to power their fleet of 310 new Airbus A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft. The agreement includes 620 new installed engines, spares and a multi-year service agreement.

IndiGo Airbus A321XLR - Courtesy Airbus

On Friday (May 21, 2021), CFM International announced that IndiGo has selected CFM LEAP-1A engines to power their fleet 0f 310 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft including A320neos, A321neos and A321XLRs. The agreement includes 620 new installed engines and associated spares, as well as a multi-year engine service agreement. The new order is in addition to a 2019 IndiGo order for LEAP-1A engines to power 280 A320neo Family aircraft, expanding the airline’s total engine and services agreement commitments to 590 A320neo Family aircraft. Currently, IndiGo is operating seven A320neos and 15 A321neos powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines. Today’s order covers aircraft which will be delivered from 2023.

In Friday’s announcement, IndiGo’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronojoy Dutta, said,

“This is a pivotal milestone that reflects our long-standing commitment to rapidly strengthen our network both domestically and internationally. This expansion will serve as a catalyst to boost India’s economic growth and the mobility of its people. India’s aviation sector is poised to grow from strength to strength, and we will continue on our mission of building a world-class transportation network. We are here to deliver on our promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle free experience to all our customers.”

Also commenting on the new order, IndiGo’s Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer, Riyaz Peermohamed, said,

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with CFM for our next batch of Airbus A320neo, A321neo and A321 XLR aircraft. The introduction of the CFM LEAP engines in our fleet will allow us to maintain our strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability.”

CFM International’s President and CEO, Gaël Méheust, added, “We are incredibly honored by IndiGo’s renewed trust in CFM. We are fully committed to helping IndiGo optimize its operations by providing them with the industry-leading asset utilization, fuel efficiency, and overall cost of ownership.”

Further commenting on the new LEAP-1A order and services agreement, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for CFM International’s parent company, Safran Aircraft Engines, Phillippe Couteaux, said, “We are proud to expand our relationship with IndiGo and play a key role in their continuous growth. We take IndiGo’s trust as a great responsibility to keep supporting their fleet with the high-level CFM standards.”

CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines have logged over 10 million flight hours in less than five years of commercial service. The engines continue to set new industry standards for utilization and reliability, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15 percent. The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The LEAP engine has experienced the fastest order ramp-up in commercial aviation history. CFM has delivered and installed over 2,800 LEAP engines to 136 global customers since the engine was introduced in 2016.

IndiGo is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines with a simple philosophy of providing low fares and courteous, hygienic, on-time and hassle-free service. The carrier operates a fleet of 284 aircraft and offers 1,200 daily flights to 66 domestic and 24 international destinations.

Source(s): CFM, IndiGo


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