Air India locks engine deal with CFM for 400 aircrafts

CFM’s LEAP engine segments will be powering Tata Group-owned Air India’s new fleet of aircraft which includes 210 Airbus A320neo/A321neos and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft. 

Air India has finalized a deal with US-based aircraft engines manufacturer CFM for engines of 400 aircrafts, the engine maker confirmed on Thursday.

CFM’s LEAP engine segments will be powering Tata Group-owned Air India’s new fleet of aircraft which includes 210 Airbus A320neo/A321neos and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft.

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The deal was first announced in February of this year.

Both companies have also signed a multi-year services agreement that will cover the entire fleet of Air India aircraft powered by CFM’s LEAP engines. Air India has been relying on CFM for its engines since 2002, when the airline started operations of its Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines.

In the year 2017, Air India started operating A320neos, becoming the first LEAP-1A powered operator in India. The airline operator currently has 27 LEAP-1A-powered A320neo family aircraft in its fleet.

Post the deal CEO and MD of Air India, Campbell Wilson said, “The introduction on a greater scale of the LEAP engine as well as our services agreement will help us to optimize our operations in terms of environmental footprint and operational cost, while benefiting our customers.”

“The renewed trust of Air India is a major milestone in CFM history. This order strengthens our presence in India…,” said Gaël Méheust, president and Chief Executive Officer of CFM International.

The LEAP engines segment guarantees 15-20% fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions, as well as reduction in noise when compared to engines of previous generations. The LEAP engine first came into service in 2016.

The Tata Group acquired 100% stake in Air India and Air India Express under a strategic divestment programme led by the Indian government in January 2022. Under a transformational plan called Vihaan.AI, Air India is looking to expand its fleet size by threefold and increase its domestic and international market share to 30% in five years.