Frontier Airlines takes delivery of CFM LEAP-1A-powered A320neo

October 19, 2016

Frontier Airlines takes delivery of LEAP-1A-powered A320neo

  • First North American customer
  • Airline has 160 engines on order to power 80 aircraft


WEST CHESTER, Ohio — 19 October 2016 — Denver-based Frontier Airlines today took delivery of the first CFM International LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft to be delivered to a U.S. customer.

“Frontier Airlines continues its pioneering spirit by being the first in North America to receive a LEAP-1A-powered A320neo,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are excited to bring the benefits of LEAP technologies to their fleet and look forward to launching a new era in our long relationship.”

Frontier is a long-time CFM customer and currently operates a fleet of 63 Airbus A320ceo family aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines.

The LEAP-1A, which powers the Airbus A319neo, A320neo, and the A321neo aircraft, features some of the industry’s most advanced technologies, including 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case; a unique debris rejection system; 4th generation three dimensional aerodynamic designs; the Twin-Annular, Pre-Swirl (TAPS) combustor featuring additively manufactured fuel nozzles; ceramics matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine; and titanium aluminide (Ti-Al) blades in the low-pressure turbine.

About CFM International

LEAP-1A engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines and the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines.  To date, the company has garnered orders and commitments for more than 11,500 LEAP engines, making it the fastest-selling engine in aviation history.  For more information concerning CFM, visit us on the Web at or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.


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