Air India has finalised an order with CFM International for the LEAP engines that will power its record incoming order of 400 new jets from Boeing and Airbus

The airline’s order with CFM, a joint venture between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, will also include a multi-year service agreement covering Air India’s entire LEAP engine fleet. 

It marks a significant investment into the engines which have been powering 27 of the airline’s A320neos since 2017. 

The new engines will power the airline’s incoming 210 Airbus A320/A321neo and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. 

Air India CEO and managing director Cambell Wilson said: “The introduction on a greater scale of the LEAP engine, as well as our services agreement, will help us to optimise our operations in terms of environmental footprint and operational cost while benefiting our customers.” 

CFM’s LEAP engines have been claimed by the company as having one of the fastest accumulations of flight hours in the commercial aviation industry with over 35 million hours clocked.

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They also provided a step up in sustainability compared to the previous generation of engines thanks to 15-20% better fuel consumption and lower CO₂ emissions. 

CFM International president and CEO Gaël Méheust highlighted the importance of the order for the engine’s growth in the region: “This order strengthens our presence in India and commits us to further support Air India’s development with the best CFM standards in terms of reliability, efficiency and customer support.” 

The deal with CFM marks the latest step in Air India’s expansion plans following the initial placement of the Boeing and Airbus orders in February and their finalisation at the recent Paris Air Show. 

It represents a wider expansion for India’s aviation industry, which was also recently strengthened by Air India rival Indigo’s placement of the largest single order in commercial aviation industry when it ordered 500 A320 aircraft from Airbus.