American Airlines Signs for 400 CFM LEAP-1B Engines

American Airlines Signs for 400 CFM LEAP-1B Engines
Photo Credit: CFM International.

Following it’s blockbuster order with Boeing for up to 115 737 MAX 10s, American Airlines has signed an agreement with CFM for 400 LEAP-1B engines.

On the American planemaker side of the tri-manufacturer aircraft order made by the airline, this concludes the propulsion side.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The Order by American Airlines for LEAP-1Bs…

American Airlines Signs for 400 CFM LEAP-1B Engines
Photo Credit: Boeing.

American Airlines have signed a major deal with CFM for up to 400 LEAP-1B engines to service their Boeing 737 MAX fleet.

On top of this, the carrier has also signed a new 20-year service agreement, covering new and existing engines.

Devon May, the CFO of the airline had this to say on the order:

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers”.

“We’re very pleased to partner with CFM to service our entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet with newer, more efficient engines so we can continue to deliver the best network and record-setting operational reliability for our customers.”

Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International added to this saying:

“American’s continued commitment to the LEAP-1B demonstrates trust in the asset utilization, performance and environmental benefits that our products deliver”.

“We are committed to proving that American has made the right choice, as the CFM team works each day to deliver world-class products and services that our customers can rely on.”

Looking Back at the Tri-Manufacturer Blockbuster Deal from the Airline…

American Airlines Signs for 400 CFM LEAP-1B Engines
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American Airlines Signs for 400 CFM LEAP-1B Engines
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Earlier this week, American Airlines signed a blockbuster order across three manufacturers.

This was from Embraer, Airbus & Boeing.

The Boeing side of the order sees American Airlines ordering a total of 115 737 MAX 10 aircraft.

Furthermore, it is understood that 85 of the 115 represents a new order, with the other 30 being conversions from the MAX 8.

American Airlines wasn’t done there, however.

They also announced a deal with Embraer for 133 E-Jets.

This consists of firm orders for 90 E175s, with purchase rights for an additional 43 on top.

On the Airbus side of the equationAmerican Airlines has placed a firm order for 85 more A321neo aircraft.

In total, this means that American Airlines has 219 aircraft on order from the European planemaker.

So, in-all, it was big news from the U.S carrier.


Photo Credit: GE Aerospace.

In conclusion, this is a big order for CFM to fulfil for American Airlines.

This will ultimately add to the already extensive backlog that exists for the LEAP-1B as more 737 MAXs are due for delivery.

With the new service agreement, this will also provide the airline with significant maintenance security going into the long-term.

But for now, let’s see what other engine deals come out for CFM over the course of this year.

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