Flying into the Future: Etihad Expands Fleet, Not Environmental Footprint
Etihad Airways’ fleet is expanding quickly, but not its environmental footprint. That’s in part through the purchase of the new Airbus A320neo aircraft, which offers lower fuel consumption, and lower noise and emissions, largely as a result of the aircraft’s LEAP-1A engines.
Etihad has just announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion at list prices, including a long-term services agreement.
The CFM LEAP engine family is expected to deliver a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, compared to today’s best CFM56 engine, while maintaining the same level of dispatch reliability and lifecycle maintenance costs as the CFM56-7BE. The LEAP engines offer the lowest cost and highest revenue-generating ability, saving an estimated nearly $3 million per plane.
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