Virgin America announced yesterday that it plans to equip the 30 A320neos with Leap-X engines from CFM International. The airline has also ordered CFM’s CFM56-5B engines for a simultaneous order for 30 A320s. The total order is worth $1.4 billion at list prices. Before now, most of the orders for engines to power the new A320 neo went to Pratt & Whitney for its PW1100G geared turbofan engine, which came slightly ahead in a survey conducted by Airline Economics earlier in the year. Equally, lessors and airlines have indicated that they prefer the GTF option for a number of reasons but

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