Xiamen Airlines orders CFM LEAP-1A engines for 40 Airbus aircraft

A Xiamen Airlines Airbus on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: CFM International

Xiamen Airlines has signed an agreement with CFM International for the purchase of LEAP-1A engines, to power its 15 A321neo and 25 A320neo aircraft.

The agreement includes spare engines. CFM International has also signed a services agreement for the carrier’s LEAP-1B and CFM56-7B fleets.

A History of Collaboration


Xiamen Airlines’ colloboration with CFM International began in 1992 when they acquired their first CFM56-powered Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

Over the past three decades, CFM International has not only provided installed and spare engines but also essential service solutions to Xiamen Airlines.

In their latest agreement, Xiamen Airlines is set to purchase LEAP-1A engines to power their 15 A321neo and 25 A320neo aircraft, including spare engines.

Currently, Xiamen Airlines boasts a fleet of nearly 150 CFM-powered aircraft. This enduring relationship between the two companies has now seen service agreements inked for the maintenance support of the Chinese carrier’s LEAP-1B and CFM56-7B fleets.

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Commitment to Sustainability


Dong Zhao, Chairman of Xiamen Airlines, expressed their dedication to sustainability, stating, “We have a long-standing relationship with CFM, and 100% of our fleet is powered by CFM and GE engines.”

“Xiamen Airlines supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and has adopted sustainable development as one of our strategic priorities during the 14th Five-Year Plan period.”

“Joining hands again, we will continue to reduce fuel consumption and fulfill our commitments to carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals through innovation, providing safe, comfortable, and sustainable travel options to our passengers,” he stated.

This commitment to sustainability aligns with the global aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the environmental impact of air travel.

Weiming Xiang, President of CFM International Greater China, emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating, “We highly value our long-term collaboration with Xiamen Airlines and are delighted to enhance our cooperation during the 6th China International Import Expo.”

“We will continue to provide safe and reliable products and services to support the smooth operation of their Airbus fleet and contribute to their sustainable development as we invent the future of flight together.”

The joint efforts of Xiamen Airlines and CFM International not only highlight their shared vision for sustainable aviation but also their dedication to advancing the aviation industry into a more eco-friendly and efficient era.

The LEAP Engine: A Game Changer


The advanced CFM LEAP engine family is at the heart of this transformative journey. These engines have proven to be 15 to 20 percent more fuel-efficient and produce lower CO2 emissions compared to previous generation engines.

In addition to the environmental benefits, they also bring a significant improvement in noise reduction.

Since their introduction into service in 2016, the LEAP engine has received recognition from global aircraft manufacturers and airlines.

With more than 40 million engine flight hours and 17 million flight cycles, it has not only demonstrated its reliability but has also enabled customers to save more than 28 million tons of CO2.

About Xiamen Airlines


Headquartered in Xiamen City, Fujian Province–the southeast coast of China, Xiamen Airlines is founded in 1984 as China’s first airline created in accordance with the modern corporate system.

After 35 years of sustainable development, Xiamen Airlines has become an airline with distinctive characteristics in China’s civil aviation industry.

Xiamen Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam Alliance with an air carrier code of “MF”, has an annual passenger traffic volume of nearly 40 million passengers, attracts more than 10 million passengers on its frequent flyer program – Egret Miles.

Xiamen Airlines currently operates around 350 domestic and international routes, which forms a network covering the entire China and with a strong presence in Southeast and Northeast Asia.

In recent years, new intercontinental routes to Amsterdam, Sydney, New York, and Los Angeles were opened consecutively.

The airline’s network has prospered and reached Europe, America and Oceania, and extended to all major destinations around the world via SkyTeam Alliance.

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