The development sees Indigo moving away from Pratt & Whitney engines to CFM’s 1LEAP-1A engines.
IndiGo, India’s biggest airline stated, it has placed a $20 billion order for jet engines from CFM International.
The development is significant since it marks a shift away from Pratt & Whitney and toward its French-American rival.
CFM is owned by France’s Safran and General Electric. It’s 1LEAP-1A engines will power 280 A320neo and A321neo jetliners that are on order from Airbus.
Incidentally, IndiGo has placed orders for 430 Airbus planes from the A320neo family – of which the first 150 will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.
Although the Pratt engines fitted on the A320neo aircraft are fuel-efficient, they have been consistently dogged with issues since they entered into service in 2016 which forced IndiGo to ground the planes several times.
“The CFM LEAP engine will allow IndiGo to maintain its strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability,” said Riyaz Peermohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer at IndiGo, in a statement.
According to Indigo, the delivery of the first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo is scheduled for 2020. Its contract with CFM includes spare engines and an overhaul support agreement as well as a long-term service agreement.