International Aero Engines is marking two key milestones at Paris. Last month marked its V2500's 20th anniversary in service powering Airbus A320s, since the engine's 1989 debut with Adria Airways of Slovenia.

Earlier this month IAE also completed its 4,000th V2500, at one of its two assembly facilities in Middletown, Connecticut. That engine, in the new V2500 SelectOne configuration, is scheduled to be installed on the 4,000th A320-family aircraft produced by Airbus, an A319 to be delivered to TAM in August.

Since 1989 V2500s have logged more than 71 million flying hours and 38 million take-offs and landings on the A320 family and Boeing MD-90s. There are more than 5,500 V2500s in service or on order in seven thrust settings from 22,000lb (98kN) to 33,000lb with more than 180 customers.

IAE chief executive Jon Beatty says: "In the last five years alone we've doubled our production output and we have a backlog that equates to around six years of production."

Shareholders in the multinational aeroengine consortium are Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Japanese Aero Engines and MTU Aero Engines.

Source: Flight International