Virgin America launches LEAP engine with $1.4 billion order

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.

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