Air France-KLM is in talks with CFM International over a potential Leap-1A engine deal to power its future fleet of Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft. 

The announcement follows the European airline group’s 100-aircraft order for A320neo aircraft disclosed in December, to renew KLM and Transavia Netherlands fleets, as well as to renew and expand the Transavia France fleet.

KLM Airbus A320neo rendering

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A computer rendering of an Airbus A320neo in KLM colours

The deal, which also includes acquisition rights for a further 60 jets, will see deliveries commence in the second half of 2023.  

Air France-KLM chief Ben Smith says: “We look forward to working with CFM International in the coming weeks through these exclusive negotiations. We are confident that our two groups will be able to continue a long-term relationship and to build a sustainable future together.” 

CFM International engines already power a significant number of aircraft in the Air France-KLM fleet, including Boeing 737NG family jets operated by KLM and Transavia, as well as the A320ceo family aircraft in Air France’s fleet.