Posted on: 14 April 2016 by Mark Howells
CFM International and easyJet have celebrated their successful 20 year partnership which, the pair say, “has helped the airline make travel easy and affordable for passengers across Europe while reducing its impact on the environment”.
easyJet’s passengers’ carbon footprint is among the lowest in the industry at 81.05 g of CO2 per passenger kilometre. This has decreased by more than a quarter between 2001 and 2013 and the airline is already making good progress on its current target of a further 8% reduction between 2013 and 2020. This will be helped by the airline beginning to take delivery in 2017 of the 100 LEAP-1A powered Airbus A320neos it has on order.
The LEAP-1A engine is desinged to deliver a 15% fuel efficiency improvement and CO2 emissions reduction compared with the CFM56. NOx emissions will also meet ICAO CAEP 8 regulations. The aircraft is also quieter and will comply with ICAO Chapter 14 regulations.
“With over 760 engines delivered over the past two decades and almost 15 million engine hours flown easyJet and CFM have a deep and long term partnership,” explained easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall. “Our passengers across Europe share the benefits of the partnership as we provide them with easy and affordable travel while we reduce the impact of their journeys on the environment as well as the communities near our airports.
“As a European airline it is also good to have a European engine partner supporting sustainable employment in France and across Europe. Everyone at easyJet is really looking forward to the delivery of the first LEAP engine in 2017 to help power our partnership to greater heights,” added McCall.
Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International, remarked, “It is a pleasure to be here today representing the CFM team as we celebrate our 20-year relationship with this fantastic airline. easyJet has helped establish a new benchmark for low-cost operations throughout Europe and has worked hard achieve its much-deserved reputation for quality.
“We are honoured to work hand-in-glove with the team to support their CFM56-5B/A320ceo fleet today and look forward to introducing the new LEAP engine into this fleet next year," Ebanga emphasised.
easyJet has been using CFM engines since its first year and the airline’s fleet of more than 240 Airbus A319/A320 aircraft are all powered by CFM56-5B engines making easyJet the world’s biggest operator of this type of engine. In July 2014, easyJet selected CFM to provide 270 engines to power its firm order of 35 Airbus A320ceo aircraft and 100 Airbus A320neos, together with any future exercise of the 100 purchase rights over new generation aircraft.