Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced it has exercised purchase rights for CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine to power 30 additional A320neo aircraft.
The UK-based airline has also placed an order for 12 CFM56-5B engines for six additional A320ceo aircraft, in a deal worth more than $975m at list price.
These aircraft are part of an A320neo purchase agreement announced in July 2013 and are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020. Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet.
“The A320neo powered by CFM's LEAP 1A engines will be more fuel efficient - both reducing emissions and providing lower costs per seat, which will help keep fares low. In addition, these new engines and aircraft will be quieter than current generation planes, thus helping to reduce our impact on the communities who live near our airports."