Subsequent to last December’s order for a combination of 100 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft, Air France KLM have announced that the CFM International LEAP-1A engine will be used to power the aircraft and has placed an order for 200 units, concluding exclusive negotiations which began in April of this year.
The aircraft will be used to upgrade the fleets of KLM, Transavia Netherlands and also to expand the Transavia France fleet. Air France-KLM currently operate CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines that power the Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Airbus A320ceo fleets, respectively.
The latest LEAP engine offers approximately 15% in improved fuel economy compared to previous-generation engines and is estimated to have saved carriers more than 14 million tonnes of CO2 in emissions.
“We are honoured to further expand our partnership with one of the industry’s largest groups and to be an integral part of Air France-KLM’s sustainability strategy,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International, adding that “This renewed trust is a valuable recognition of LEAP engine performances in terms of sustainability and fuel efficiency.”