No decision yet on Virgin America A320neo engines

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Virgin America has yet to make an engine selection for its Airbus A320neo aircraft, leaving open the question of the first powerplant choice.

Chief executive David Cush, speaking in Toulouse today, said the airline was about to commence work on the engine selection.

"We plan on starting that process in the next 30 days," he says. The airline uses CFM International CFM56s on its current fleet, which totals 34 aircraft.

The A320neo will be available with CFM's Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G.

Virgin America will start taking its 30 A320neos from 2016. The jets will be configured with 146-149 seats.

Virgin Group's Sir Richard Branson says the company is not fazed by its launch customer status.

"This aircraft is already pretty tried and tested," he says. "There's nothing that radical that we should have any concerns."

Virgin America's A320neos are part of a broader 60-A320 agreement, deliveries of which start in 2013.