Virgin America launched CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine with an order to power 30 new Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline also announced that CFM’s CFM56-5B will power 30 current technology A320s. The 60 airplanes were announced in January of this year and the engine orders have a combined value of approximately $1.4 billion U.S. at list price.
Both the LEAP and CFM56-5B engines are products of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. The new airplanes will begin delivery in 2016.Email Post to a Friend