China Southern places $1.50 billion order for CFM LEAP-1A engines

June 20, 2017

China Southern places $1.50 billion order for CFM LEAP-1A engines

  • Largest airline in China by fleet size
  • CFM customer since 1986

LE BOURGET, France — 20 June 2017 — China Southern Airlines has placed an order for CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power 50 new Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The order is valued at nearly $1.50 billion U.S. and the airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery in 2018.  The aircraft order was announced 2014.

China Southern was one of CFM’s first customers in China and has been operating CFM56-powered aircraft for more than 30 years.

“China Southern and CFM have been together for a very, very long time,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM. “They have been with us from the very beginning, when the first CFM56 engines began operating in China and the fleet has continued to grow since then.  We are obviously very pleased and honored that they have chosen to extend that relationship even further with the selection of the LEAP-1A engine.”

Since the first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft entered service in August 2016, the engine has been delivered to 13 operators worldwide.  The fleet is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; and lower noise and NOx emissions.  To date, the fleet in service has logged more than 77,000 engine flight cycles and more than 145,000 engine flight hours while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability.

About China Southern

Headquartered in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines operates the largest aircraft fleet in China, with more than 700 passenger and cargo aircraft.  The airline is ranked the laregest in Asia and the 4th in the world (Data: IATA, in terms of fleet size). The airline operates more than 2,000 daily flights to 208 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world. Through close cooperation with its SkyTeam member airlines, China Southern’s network spans 1,062 destinations to 177 countries and regions.

About CFM International

The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.  This engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history and CFM has received orders and commitments for a total of more than 12,430 LEAP engines across all three models through May 2017.  For more information, visit us at or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.


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