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  • joeblowup411 joeblowup411 Apr 21, 2012 2:04 PM Flag

    Qantas Group Places $2.0 Billion Order for LEAP-1A Engines to Power A320neo Aircraft

    Another Big Win For Hexcel. Hexcel materials are used extensively in this engine, including the fan blades which are made from HXL carbon fiber, the same technology used in GEs GenEX egines.

    Qantas Group Places $2.0 Billion Order for LEAP-1A Engines to Power A320neo Aircraft

    •First CFM-powered A320 aircraft in Qantas Group fleet
    •Extends 20-year relationship with CFM
    Press Release: CFM International – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 1:40 PM EDT..


    The Qantas Group today announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order. The engine order is valued at $2.0 billion U.S. at list price, including spare engines.

    Today’s announcement takes total LEAP orders and commitments to more than 3,500 engines. In addition to the LEAP-1A being an option on the Airbus A320neo, the LEAP-1B and LEAP-1C are the exclusive powerplants for the Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919, respectively.

    “The LEAP engine was chosen for our new A320neo aircraft because of its performance, fuel efficiency and maintenance program,” Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said.

    The first aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and will support Jetstar, the low-fare subsidiary of the Qantas Group.

    “We are both honored and excited to launch this next phase of our relationship with the Qantas Group,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM. “We consider the benefits of LEAP technology, including better fuel burn and lower noise and emissions compared to today’s best CFM56 engines, along with CFM’s industry-leading reliability and low maintenance costs, will have a very positive impact on operational efficiency and help support their exciting growth plans.”

    “The Qantas Group is a great CFM customer and Jetstar is an industry leader among low fare airlines, so we are extremely proud it has chosen to expand that relationship to the A320 platform as part of their future franchise and fleet growth, making CFM such an important part of its operations,” said Kevin McAllister, vice president of sales for CFM parent company GE Aviation. “We are looking forward to a great future with the Qantas Group and to working hard each day to show that their trust is in good hands.”

    Qantas has been a CFM customer for more than two decades with Boeing 737 aircraft and now adds Airbus with CFM’s new LEAP engine to that stable.

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