Latin American airline group AviancaTaca has selected the CFM International Leap-1A engine to power 33 Airbus A320neos, and ordered the CFM56-5B to power an additional 18 current generation A320 family aircraft.
The deal with the carrier, which has also chosen an engine maintenance service package for the new engines, is worth $2.7 billion at list prices, says CFM.
Deliveries of the A320neos will be from 2017 to 2019 while deliveries of the current generation A320s are scheduled for between 2014 and 2016. AviancaTaca had ordered the aircraft in June 2011 at the Paris air show.
"We picked the Leap-1A after a very thorough technical evaluation and we believe it is the right engine for our A320neo fleet," says Fabio Villegas Ramirez, chief executive of AviancaTaca. "The fuel efficiency it will bring coupled with the CFM standard for reliability and for maintenance cost, will make it a critical tool in implementing our long-term growth strategy."
The airline has signed a 15-year rate per flight hour agreement to support the engines.
Avianca already operates a fleet of 66 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft.