DELHI, India — 12 April 2017 — Air India and CFM International today celebrated the delivery and entry into service of the airline’s first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft. The first aircraft has the distinction of being powered by the 100th LEAP-1A production engine.
The airline completed its first commercial flight on February 24, carrying 161 passengers from Delhi to Chennai. Air India has taken delivery of three leased aircraft to date and is scheduled to induct a total of 14 A320neos this year.
“Air India congratulates CFM for crossing the 100-engine production mark in a short span of time. With the induction of more efficient LEAP – 1A powered A320neos, Air India hopes to achieve improved economies of scale,” said Mr. Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India.
Air India has been a CFM customer since 2002, when the airline began operating Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. Today, the airline has a fleet of 51 aircraft in operation and has achieved more than 3.5 million flight hours with its CFM56 engines.
“We are very proud of the partnership we have with Air India,” said Gaël Méheust, CFM president and CEO. “It has been an honor to be a part of this team and support them in the important role this airline has played in the economic development of India. Congratulations to everyone at Air India; we look forward the next chapter of this relationship with great anticipation.”
The LEAP-1A-powered A320neo entered commercial service in August 2016 and ten airlines have taken delivery to date. In commercial service, the engine is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, along with the same reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent reduction and NOx emissions; and CFM’s legendary reliability.
About Air India:
Since its formation in 1932, Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 34 destinations across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf. The airline’s domestic network covers 52 destinations. Today, the airline flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, its latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft. Apart from servicing of all its aircraft in-house with its own engineering facilities, Air India also undertakes ground handling services of many airlines in many cities in India.For additional information visit airindia.in and/or follow us on Facebook/airindia and on Twitter – @airindiain.pioneered
About CFM International
LEAP-1A engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. To date, the company has garnered orders and commitments for more than 12,200 LEAP engines, making it the fastest-selling engine in aviation history. For more information concerning CFM, visit us on the Web at www.cfmaeroengines.com or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.