Malaysia Airlines finalizes $630 million U.S. CFM LEAP-1B engine order

September 22, 2016

Malaysia Airlines finalizes $630 million U.S. CFM LEAP-1B engine order


  •  LEAP-1B engines to power 737 MAX

 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — September 22, 2016 — At a special ceremony here today, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) finalized its order with CFM International for LEAP-1B engines to power 25 firm Boeing 737 MAX aircraft scheduled to begin delivery in 2019.   The order is valued at more than $630 million U.S. at list price.   The airplane order was announced in late July.

The signing was witnessed by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Tan Sri Mohd Nor Mohd Yusof, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Berhad; and Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE), parent company of CFM. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

“We have been very happy with the CFM56-7B engines we operate and believe the new LEAP engine will bring even better operating economics in terms of fuel efficiency with the same reliability we have come to expect from CFM, “said Peter Bellew, Group Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines also has purchase rights for 25 additional LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline, a long-time CFM56 operator, currently has a fleet of 54 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“We appreciate the trust that Malaysia Airlines has put in us,” said Chris Drewer, Asia Pacific Sales General Manager for CFM International. “We already have an incredibly strong partnership that will only get better with time.”

The LEAP-1B engine, which is the sole powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family, incorporates many industry firsts, including the 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blade and case; the one-of-a-kind debris rejection system; fourth-generation 3-D aerodynamics; the first commercial use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs); the revolutionary combustor design featuring fuel nozzles grown using additive manufacturing; and light-weight Titanium Aluminide airfoils. The lower weight and higher durability these components provide will result in a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; CFM’s industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.

About Malaysia Airlines Berhad

Malaysia Airlines Berhad is the national carrier of Malaysia.  The airline flies 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia’s diverse richness. Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures, cuisines and warm hospitality on board, while opening up more of Malaysia’s destinations than any other airline.

Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. As a member of oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines and its partners in the global alliance offer a superior, seamless travel experience to more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus countries.  Up to 90 destinations will be serviced across Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East via a new codeshare partnership with Emirates signed in early 2016.

About CFM International

CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, is the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines. Through August 2016, the company had garnered orders for more than 11,500 LEAP engines. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.


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