Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation stated that it has bought CFM International LEAP-1A engines for its new fleet of 35 Airbus A321neo and 30 A320neo aircraft at the same time as French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A Rate-Per-Flight-Hour (RPFH) services agreement is also included in this transaction, which covers the engines from this new order as well as an additional 20 leased A320neo aircraft. At list price, this complete agreement is worth around $8.5 billion to the U.S.
Flyadeal, SAUDIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary based in Jeddah, operates a fleet of 11 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320ceo aircraft and five Airbus A320neo LEAP-1As.
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), a SAUDIA Group affiliate, will receive assistance from CFM in creating its own engine overhaul services for the LEAP-1A engines. SAEI will be responsible for developing the overhaul services in conjunction with CFM.
CFM International’s breakthrough LEAP-1A engine, which has logged more than twelve million engine flight hours in commercial operations, is continuing to set new industry standards for fuel efficiency and asset utilization.