According to a recent announcement, IndiGo has placed an order for CFM International Leap-1A engines to power 280 of its Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. The deal is valued at more than US$ 20 billion.

Additionally, the low-cost carrier has also signed a long-term service agreement with CFM to support the new Leap-1A fleet.

Currently, IndiGo operates a fleet of 17 Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines. The delivery of the first Leap-1A powered Airbus A30neo is scheduled in 2020.

Commenting on this new deal, Riyaz Peermohamed, chief aircraft acquisition and financing officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to partner with CFM for our next batch of Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. 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.

“This new partnership will allow IndiGo to continue to provide affordable fares to its customers.”

This move marks IndiGo’s shift from Pratt & Whitney to a rival engine maker. Last year, the InterGlobe Aviation-led airline had to ground over ten of Airbus A-320 Neo aircraft powered by P&W engines.,

Aneri Shroff