Lion Group finalizes US$5.5bn LEAP-1A engine order

Transportation Partners, the leasing arm of Lion Group and CFM International finalized an order for 380 LEAP-1A engines to power Airbus A320neo/A321neo aircraft. The final engine order, which is valued at US$5.5bn at list price was originally announced in February 2016, while the aircraft order was announced in March 2013.

In addition to the LEAP-1A engines, Lion Group has also ordered 544 LEAP-1B engines to power its Boeing 737 MAX 8, MAX 9, and MAX 10 aircraft, of which 10 are currently in service with Lion Air. With a fleet of 924 LEAP engines at a total value of US$13.4bn at list price in service or on order, Lion Group is the largest LEAP engine customer in the world.

This latest agreement also includes an extension of the 25-year Material Service Agreement (MSA) for CFM56-7B, CFM56-5B, and LEAP-1B engines originally signed in 2014 and expands its scope to include the LEAP-1A engine.

CFM will also provide MRO services to Lion Group’s CFM56 and LEAP engines till their own shop, Batam Aero Technic (BAT) in Batam, Indonesia, is completed. CFM has been supporting the development of Lion Group’s new engine maintenance and test cell facility since 2016, providing project management and expert advice starting from design, construction and commissioning for the new facility. When completed, BAT will have maintenance and overhaul capability for both CFM56 and LEAP engines. CFM will provide CFM56 and LEAP engine overhaul training with knowledge transfer that supports the development of highly-qualified local engine MRO specialists.

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