European low-cost airline easyJet has chosen CFM International to provide the engines for its incoming A320neo and A321neo fleet, continuing a long-standing relationship between the two companies. 

The agreement will see CFM remain the sole provider of engines for easyJet’s fleet, providing its CFM LEAP-1A engines for the 157 planes ordered by the airline from Airbus in December. 

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said: “We are very pleased to have signed a deal with CFM, following a competitive selection process. 

“This agreement for more than 300 engines will provide important environmental benefits through a significant improvement in fuel efficiency and a reduction in noise as well as enable easyJet to continue to affirm its leading position at Europe’s primary airports.” 

As well as continuing an almost 30-year relationship between CFM and easyJet, the airline also said that the agreement was informed by its commitment to more sustainable travel and achieving net zero by 2050, with the engines providing 15-20% better fuel consumption compared to previous generations. 

The LEAP engines, which will include spares, will be delivered alongside the 56 A320neo and 101 A321neo aircraft, scheduled between a five-year period from FY2029 to FY2034. 

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CFM President and CEO Gaël Méheust said: “We are proud to embark on a new journey with easyJet, a trusted partner that shares our ambition to build more sustainable air travel. 

“We remain committed to delivering the very best CFM has to offer in terms of efficiency, reliability, and world-class customer support.” 

In addition to modernising its fleet to partially reduce emissions, easyJet has also been working with Rolls-Royce on developing a hydrogen combustion engine hoped to be able to power much more sustainable aircraft in the future.