LEAP engines fly nearly 10 hours over the Atlantic

June 7, 2021

SATA Azores Airlines / CFM International

Azores LEAP-1A-powered A321neo LR breaks the time record for a commercial flight operated by a single-aisle aircraft.

In January, an Airbus A321neo LR (Long Range) operated by Portuguese airline SATA Azores Airlines covered the journey between Lisbon (Portugal) and Bogota (Colombia) in 9 hours and 49 minutes, breaking the time record for a commercial flight operated by a single-aisle aircraft.

This achievement was made possible by the combination of the close customer coordination between SATA Azores and CFM and the LEAP engines performances.

Using the most advanced technologies both from GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, the LEAP engine family brings high reliability, industry-leading utilization level, while providing a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and carbon emissions, as well as significant noise reduction. Azores Airlines currently operates two A321neo aircraft (244 seats) and two A321neo LR powered by two CFM LEAP-1A engines.

Fuel advantage compared to previous generation of engines is a real asset for LEAP operators as it enables them to operate flights with a longer range and optimized costs.

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“The LEAP engines are very low on fuel burn, about 15-20% lower than most and they emit much less CO2. Otherwise, I was very surprised by the engine’s low noise level, it’s very comfortable when you spend a lot of time in a plane."

SATA Azores Airlines crew members

The Portuguese territory of the Azores is a mid-Atlantic archipelago 2,500 miles from New York and 900 miles from Lisbon. Benefiting from its strategic position, Azores relies on the A321neo LR fleet to expand its network of transatlantic routes to Europe and Americas.

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Azores landscape



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