GECAS places $1.77 billion CFM LEAP-1A engine order
- Takes total LEAP-1A fleet to 240 engines
Le Bourget, June 15, 2015 - GE Capital Aviation Services (IGECAS) today announced that it has selected CFM International's LEAP-1A engine to power 60 new Airbus A320neo aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at $1.77 billion U.S. at list price. The airplane order was announced by Airbus earlier today.
"We are pleased to continue our long, successful partnership with GECAS," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International.
The LEAP-1A engine promises to be the most advanced, reliable, fuel-efficient powerplant for the new Airbus A320neo (new engine option). The engine incorporates many industry firsts, including the 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blade and case; the one-of-a-kind debris rejection system; fourth-generation 3-D aerodynamics; the first commercial use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs); the revolutionary combustor design featuring fuel nozzles grown using additive manufacturing; and light-weight Titanium Aluminide airfoils. The lower weight and higher durability these components provide will result in a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; CFM's industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.