SAS orders CFM LEAP engines for new A320neos

by Callum Tennant
An SAS aircraft

SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) has chosen the efficient CFM LEAP-1A engine to power its 35 new A320neos, in a deal valued at $2.9 billion.

The $2.9 billion deal

 SAS will take delivery of 78 LEAP-1A engines, 70 to power its new A320neos which it ordered in 2018 and eight spares. The deal also includes a rate per flight

hour support agreement

Magnus Ӧrnberg, the Vice President of SAS, said that: “The new LEAP engines and long-term services agreement are an integral part of SAS’ strategic fleet upgrade and will continue to greatly improve the efficiency in our operations”.

The CEO of CFM International stated that he was: “Delighted to expand our long-term relationship with SAS, an airline with which we share the same core values”.

Both SAS and CFM said that the deal would help SAS to become a more sustainable airline due to the engine’s efficiency.  Lower fuel burn is important to SAS, as the airline has pledged to reduce emissions by 25% by 2025 compared to 2005.

 

An SAS winglet

Why the CFM LEAP-1A engines?

 The LEAP-1A is the latest and most advanced engine design from CFM – a joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines.

The engine is 15% more fuel efficient and emits half the nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide of 2004 standard engines. LEAP-1A engines are also an impressive 75% quieter than today’s aircraft.

Engines with lower fuel consumption and emissions are attractive to airlines from both an economic and a sustainability perspective.

Improved fuel efficiency reduces the fuel costs airlines face, but reduced emissions are also a big selling point; especially as the aviation sector comes under increasing pressure to cut its emissions.

The CFM LEAP-1A engine has so logged more than nine million engine flight hours in commercial operation. This order will propel that number even higher.

What do you think SAS’s investment in the LEAP-1A engine? Let us know in the comments below.

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