VietJet selects CFM56s to power A320s

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VietJet Air has selected CFM International CFM56-5B engines to power some of the Airbus A320 family aircraft that it will take delivery of in the coming years.

The $800 million deal includes technical and maintenance support for the engines, which will be installed on baseline A320s and A321s that the carrier signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for in September. Media reports quoted a CFM official as saying that the agreement is for 40 engines.

When VietJet's order is firmed, the carrier is expected to hold orders for 14 baseline A320s, six A321s and 42 A320neos, as well as purchase rights on 30 more aircraft.

No engine selection for the neo variants has been announced yet.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that the carrier currently has a fleet of 10 A320s, which are also powered by CFM56-5B engines. All of those aircraft are leased from companies including ALAFCO, GECAS and AWAS.