VietJet Air has signed a memorandum of understanding with engine maker CFM International, covering long-term support of the Leap-1Bs that will power the 100 high-density Boeing 737 Max 200 jets that the low-cost carrier has on order.
The support deal has a list-price value of $5.3 billion, says VietJet, and was signed during French prime minister Edouard Philippe's official visit to Vietnam.
"The Leap-1B has been doing extremely well in commercial service in the last 18 months, and we believe the engine will prove to be an important asset for VietJet over the long term," states CFM vice-president of sales and marketing Philippe Couteaux.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that VietJet operates 50 Airbus narrowbodies: 18 A320s, 29 A321s and three A321neos. It has 120 A321neos and five A321s on order, along with the 100 Max jets.