Transportation Partners Selects LEAP-1A Engines to power 174 A320neo Aircraft
SINGAPORE — 17 February 2016
At a special signing ceremony here today, Transportation Partners, the leasing arm of Lion Group, and CFM International announced an order for 348 LEAP-1A engines to power 174 firm Airbus A320neo aircraft. The aircraft order was announced in March 2013.
The value of the installed and spare engines is US$4.9 billion at list price.
"This is a great extension of the partnership we have built with CFM over the past 15 years" said John Duffy, chief operating officer of Transportation Partners. "In addition to the world-class operating economics and reliability that the LEAP engine will bring to our fleet, LEAP's strong footprint in Asia and the impressive strides it has made in North America and Europe augments well with our strategic growth objectives."
CFM is providing project management and expert advice starting from design, construction and commissioning for Lion Group's new engine maintenance and test cell facility, Batam Aero Technic (BAT) in Batam, Indonesia. When completed, the facility will have maintenance and overhaul capability for the CFM56 and LEAP engines in the airline's fleet. CFM will also provide leadership and management training to the employees and affiliated companies.
"We are delighted to take this next step with Transportation Partners and further expand an already great relationship" said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "We are excited to bring the benefits of the LEAP-1A engine to their portfolio and believe it will prove to be a great asset for them. Thousands of hours of testing have confirmed that the engine is meeting its performance specifications and that it will deliver the reliability, durability, and low maintenance costs they have come to rely on from CFM products."
"We are thrilled that Transportation Partners has entrusted its future single-aisle fleet to the new LEAP engine" said Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing for CFM parent company GE Aviation. "This management team has done a tremendous job in putting this company in the perfect position for sustainable growth over the long term and we are honored to be part of it."
Lion Group, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been a CFM customer since the year 2000 and its entire single aisle narrow body fleet of 642 aircraft (in service or on order) is powered by CFM engines. The airline operates CFM56-powered Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft and has orders for both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B models for the A320neo and 737 MAX, respectively.
The LEAP-1A continues its highly-successful flight test program on the A320neo, accumulating more than 1,000 engine flight hours on more than 200 flights to date. The engine is on track to enter commercial service around mid-2016.
The advanced technology that makes up the LEAP-1A engine will result in a highly reliable, fuel-efficient powerplant for the new Airbus A320neo (new engine option). The engine incorporates many industry firsts, including the 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blade and case; the one-of-a-kind debris rejection system; fourth-generation 3-D aerodynamics; the first commercial use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs); the revolutionary combustor design featuring fuel nozzles grown using additive manufacturing; and light-weight Titanium Aluminide airfoils. The lower weight and higher durability these components provide will result in a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; CFM's industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.
About Transportation Partners and Lion Group
Transportation Partners was formed in 2012 and currently leases planes mainly to Lion Group airlines. The company, which focuses on large markets in China, Brazil, Japan and the United States, has continued to ramp up its third-party leasing business. Affiliate Company Lion Group has become Indonesia's leading domestic carrier and the country's largest privately-owned airline. Lion Group operates an extensive route network in Indonesia and also serves international destinations. In terms of domestic, Lion mainline and subsidiary Wings Air serve 76 destinations in Indonesia, giving the group the largest domestic network in the country. Lion Group mainline has 580 flights a day and Wings Air has 180 flights per day. Lion Group also operates in Malaysia (through its subsidiary Malindo) and Thailand (through its subsidiary Thai Lion).
About CFM International
The CFM56 and LEAP engines are products of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, with more than 27,200 delivered as of December 31, 2014 to more than 530 operators around the globe. The company CFM officially launched the LEAP engine, which is its first all-new centerline engine in nearly 40 years, in 2008.
The LEAP engine promises to bring double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, emissions and noise, while the legendary reliability and low cost of ownership of its predecessor, the ubiquitous maintaining CFM56 engine family. The LEAP-1A is an engine as an option on the A320neo family; and the LEAP-1C engine is the sole Western powerplant for the COMAC C919; and the LEAP-1B is the sole powerplant for Boeing's new 737 MAX. For more information, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.