Air India and CFM International commemorate LEAP-1A-powered A320neo EIS and delivery of 100th LEAP-1A engine
Flag carrier airline of India, Air India and CFM International, the world’s top supplier of jet engines for commercial airplanes celebrated the delivery and entry into service of the airline’s first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft. The first aircraft has the distinction of being powered by the 100th LEAP-1A production engine.
The airline completed its first commercial flight on February 24, accomodating 161 passengers from Delhi to Chennai. Air India has taken delivery of three leased aircraft to date and is planned to introduce 14 A320neos in 2017.
“Air India congratulates CFM for crossing the 100-engine production mark in a short span of time. With the induction of more efficient LEAP — 1A powered A320neos, Air India hopes to achieve improved economies of scale,” said Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India.
Air India has been using CFM service since 2002, when the airline began operating Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56–5B engines. At present, the airline is operating a fleet of 51 aircraft and has achieved more than 3.5 million flight hours with its CFM56 engines.
“We are very proud of the partnership we have with Air India,” said Gaël Méheust, CFM president and CEO. “It has been an honor to be a part of this team and support them in the important role this airline has played in the economic development of India. Congratulations to everyone at Air India; we look forward the next chapter of this relationship with great anticipation.”
The LEAP-1A-powered A320neo started commercial service in August 2016 and ten airlines have taken delivery to date. The engine delivers 15 percent enhancement in fuel efficiency, along with the same reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent reduction and NOx emissions; and CFM’s legendary reliability.
Originally published at www.mrobusinesstoday.com on April 13, 2017.