Etihad Airways announces order for 52 CFM engines to power new A321neo aircraft

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 18, 2013 20:49

Etihad Airways announces order for 52 CFM engines to power new A321neo aircraft

Etihad Airways has announced an order with CFM International for 52 LEAP-1A engines to power 26 new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The order, unveiled today at the Dubai Air Show 2013, includes a 15-year Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement, under which CFM International will guarantee maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis. The LEAP-1A engines will be fitted onto 26 A321neo aircraft, which form part of a US$ 26.9 billion order with Airbus also announced today by Etihad Airways. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to commence from 2020.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad Airways prides itself on operating modern, state-of-the-art and highly efficient aircraft, with the Airbus A320 family at the heart of our narrow-body fleet.

CFM International completed ground testing of the first full LEAP engine last month, with a five-week program that involved more than 400 cycles over 310 hours. Engine certification is expected in 2015, followed by first entry into commercial service on the A320neo in 2016.

Jean-Paul Ebanga, President and CEO of CFM International, said: “We are happy to welcome Etihad Airways as a CFM customer. In just 10 years, this airline has built a reputation for excellence in every facet of its business, and we are honored to become part of this team.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 18, 2013 20:49
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