Air Arabiathe first low-cost airline in the Middle East and North Africa, announced an order for 240 CFM LEAP-1A engines to equip its new fleet with 120 Airbus A320neo familyincluding the all-new A321XLR.
The agreement, which was signed yesterday at the Dubai Airshow 2023, includes a multi-year services contract and spare engines. Produced by CFM International, a joint venture between French Safran and American GE (General Electric), the LEAP-1A engines are intended to power the fleet of 120 A320neo family aircraft ordered by Air Arabia, including 73 A320neos, 27 A321neo and 20 A321XLR, scheduled for delivery in 2025.
Air Arabia became a customer of CFM International in 2003, when it launched operations with an Airbus A320 equipped with CFM56-5B engines. The company currently operates a fleet of 71 A320ceo and A321neo-LR. “This engine order marks an important milestone in Air Arabia’s journey of growth and progress“, said Adel Al Ali, managing director of Low Cost Emirati based in Sharjah.
“The efficiency and performance of CFM engines will play a crucial role in our fleet expansion strategy, which includes optimizing our fuel consumption and minimizing our environmental footprint“, he added.