Aug 08, 2017: CFM International's advanced LEAP engine completed one year of its entry into commercial service.
The first LEAP-powered commercial flight happened on August 2, 2016 on a Pegasus Airlines flight from Istanbul to Antalya. Since then, more than 75 LEAP-powered aircraft have entered service with a total of 15 operators on four continents. Besides Pegasus, AirAsia, Air India, Avianca Brazil, Azul, Citilink, easyJet, Frontier, Interjet, Nova Airlines, SAS, SriLankan, Virgin America, Vistara, and WOW air has all received at least one LEAP-powered airplane. On the whole, this fleet has logged more than 200,000 flight hours and 100,000 flight cycles.
"The LEAP engine entry into service is the most successful in our history and has been exceptional by any measure," said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. "Our customers are thrilled with the fuel efficiency the engines is providing, as well as the world-class utilization level they are achieving with this very important asset. Aircraft powered by the LEAP engine are flying more than 95 percent of available days. This is simply unprecedented for a new engine."
The LEAP is offering operators a 15 percent enhancement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions along with dramatic reductions in engine noise. All this technology is focused on providing better deployment, including CFM's legendary reliability out of the box; superior asset availability; improved time on wing margins to help keep maintenance costs low; and minimized maintenance actions, all supported by analytics that permit CFM to offer customised, predictive maintenance over the life of the product.