(16 Feb 2021)
SAS has selected CFM International LEAP-1A engines to
power its fleet of new 35 A320neo family aircraft ordered in 2018.
The deal with CFM also includes eight spare engines
and a Rate-Per-Flight-Hour (RPFH) support
agreement to cover the new LEAP-1A engines, including
spares, as well as 15 additional LEAP-1A-powered A320neo on lease.
“We are delighted to expand our long-term
relationship with SAS, an airline we share the core values with,”
said Gaël Meheust,
President and CEO of CFM International. “Over four decades, CFM
has been working on developing leading-edge technologies that help
our airlines customers make their operations cost-efficient and
sustainable. We take SAS’ trust as a great responsibility to keep
supporting their operations with the best CFM standards in terms
SAS was a launch customer for CFM’s advanced
LEAP-1A engine. The Scandinavian airline currently operates 44 A320neo aircraft and 1
A321neo LR powered by the fuel-efficient LEAP engine and plans to
introduce two additional A321neo LR.
In total SAS orders for
purchased and leased aircraft placed in 2011 and 2018 will enable
SAS to increase the fleet of A320neo to 80.
“The new LEAP engines and long-term services
agreement are an integral part of SAS’ strategic fleet upgrade and
will continue to greatly improve our efficiency in our
operations,” said Magnus Örnberg,
Executive Vice President and CFO, SAS. “Our goal is to be industry
leaders in sustainable aviation, and we are to reduce emissions
with 25 per cent by 2025, in comparison to 2005. This will mainly
be enabled by using state of the art technologies allowing for
lower fuel consumption and an increase in use of sustainable
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