At a special ceremony here today, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) finalized its order with CFM International for LEAP-1B engines to power 25 firm Boeing 737 MAX aircraft scheduled to begin delivery in 2019. The order is valued at more than $630 million U.S. at list price. The airplane order was announced in late July.
The signing was witnessed by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Tan Sri Mohd Nor Mohd Yusof, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Berhad; and Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE), parent company of CFM. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
“We have been very happy with the CFM56-7B engines we operate and believe the new LEAP engine will bring even better operating economics in terms of fuel efficiency with the same reliability we have come to expect from CFM, “said Peter Bellew, Group Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines also has purchase rights for 25 additional LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline, a long-time CFM56 operator, currently has a fleet of 54 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
“We appreciate the trust that Malaysia Airlines has put in us,” said Chris Drewer, Asia Pacific Sales General Manager for CFM International. “We already have an incredibly strong partnership that will only get better with time.”
Source: CFM International
Date: Sep 26, 2016