PARIS: AirAsia picks CFM engines for 100 A320s

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Low-cost carrier AirAsia has picked CFM engines to power the 100 Airbus A320 aircraft it ordered last December, in a deal worth $8.6 billion at list price.

The order comprises of 137 CFM Leap-1A turbofans for its 64 A320neos and 77 CFM56-5Bs for another 36 A320s, including spares.

The deal also includes a 20-year service agreement where CFM will guarantee maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

Delivery of the engines will run from 2014 through 2021, head of AirAsia's Malaysian unit Aireen Omar tells Flightglobal at the Paris air show.

She was however reluctant to say whether more aircraft orders can be expected from the 11-year-old carrier in the short term.

"What we have now and on order is probably a nice number. But if you look at US and Europe, they have a lot more aircraft but their population size is half of what you see in Southeast Asia," she adds.

AirAsia operates a fleet of 122 aircraft across its operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Japan. The carrier is also working towards launching its Indian joint venture in September, subject to regulatory approval. It has a further 353 A320s on order.