Flydubai and CFM International have signed a services agreement for 222 LEAP-1B engines in the airline’s Boeing 737-8 and 737-9 fleet.
The agreement, which also covers spare engines, was signed at Dubai Airshow by Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at flydubai and Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines (pictured above).
“Our LEAP-powered aircraft have provided our airline with reliability and durability that contributes to the success and efficiency of fleet management and our operations,” said Al Ghaith. “Our new service agreement with CFM and the existing close relationship we have with the engine supplier will support our growth plans as we take delivery of more than 130 aircraft over the next few years.”
Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International, added, “This agreement with flydubai will enable continued growth for the airline as it expands on our longstanding partnership. With the more fuel-efficient LEAP engine under wing, flydubai will be able to continue to benefit from the reduced emissions across its young and efficient fleet.”
The CFM LEAP engine family provides 15 to 20% better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, as well as a significant improvement in noise compared to previous generation engines. Since its entry into service in 2016, the LEAP engine allowed our customers to save more than 28 million tons of CO2, compared to same flights powered by CFM56 engines.