Azul Brazilian Airlines has signed a deal with Airbus for 35 A320neo aircraft and selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine as the powerplant.
The engine order alone is worth more than $900m at list prices. “We like what we see in the LEAP engine,” said David Neelemen, CEO of Azul.
“The technology is cutting edge and, along with the A320neo, will allow us to reduce operating costs and increase capacity with the most advanced engine in its category.”
Azul is also leasing 28 A320neo aircraft, and has confirmed that it will be using the re-engined narrowbody to connect to more Brazilian cities, particularly on long-haul, high-density routes.