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How the Indian airline industry is attacking AirAsia India

First flight of AirAsia India. Plane at the gate.

Over the last year, the media has covered the various challenges AirAsia India is facing. Ranging from executive level departures late in 2017 onwards, to filing a First Information Report (FIR i.e. a criminal complaint) against former officers of the airline, to CBI (Central Bureau of Investigations) investigations of its director. In this analysis, we explore how the hyper-competitive Indian …

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FAA expands Boeing 737 engine inspections.

CFM56-7B engine used to power all Boeing 737NG aircraft. CFM Photo.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has followed the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and issued a follow-on emergency airworthiness directive (EAD or AD) and mandated inspection of fan blades on CFM56-7B engines. These engines power the Boeing 737NG aircraft globally. In India, the 737NG forms bulk or all of the fleet of Air India Express, Jet Airways and …

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After Southwest accident, CFM orders inspections for Boeing 737 engines

Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 VT-JBD

CFM International, the sole supplier of engines powering the Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft (the 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, 737-900 and 737-900ER) has issued a new service bulletin in the wake of the Southwest Airlines accident in which a passenger perished. The service bulletin calls for operators of CFM56-7B engines to inspect the fan blades on long-service engines. The Southwest Airlines tragedy, …

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CFM adds LEAP-1A/B capability to Hyderabad training center

The CFM Leap 1B on the MAX 8.

Engine manufacturer CFM has expanded the capability of it’s Hyderabad training center to include both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. The training center provides courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection. The LEAP-1A entered service in India with Air India in February 2017. The engine now powers 15 Air India and five Vistara A320neos. The LEAP-1B will enter service in …

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Turkey’s Pegasus receives first CFM LEAP powered Airbus A320neo

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines takes delivery of the first CFM LEAP 1-A powered A320neo. Airbus photo.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s leading low cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, became the first airline to fly the Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, and the fourth airline globally, after launch customer Deutsche Lufthansa and India’s IndiGo and GoAir. This is the first of the up to 100 A320neo (new engine option) the airline had ordered back in 2012. …

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Airbus A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engine certified by EASA and FAA

Airbus A320neo F-NEW with CFM LEAP-1A engine takes-off. Airbus photo.

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) powered by the CFM LEAP-1A has received joint certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This paves the way for deliveries to those airlines which opted for the CFM engine. Airbus also offers the neo with the Pratt & Whitney PW1127G Geared Turbo Fan engine, which was …

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LEAP-1B for the Boeing 737 MAX begins flight test program

The First Flight of the LEAP-1B on a modified Boeing 747 testbed. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing and engine manufacturer CFM International have successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California. The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family. The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in …

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CFM LEAP 1-C engine for Comac C919 achieves first flight

CFM LEAP 1-C on the 747-100 flying test bed.

CFM International’s LEAP engine achieved its first flight taking off on a modified 747-100 flying testbed at GE Aviation flight test operations in Victorville, California. In a release the company said “the engine behaved well and completed multiple aero-mechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a …

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CFM LEAP-1B engine for the Boeing 737 MAX begins ground testing

CFM International has successfully started ground testing of the first LEAP-1B engine.  The LEAP-1B will be exclusive engine for the Boeing 737 MAX. CFM ran the engine for the first time on June 13, three days ahead of schedule. The LEAP-1B engine, installed in a test cell at Snecma (Safran) facilities in Villaroche, France, successfully completed a series of break-in runs before …

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Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family

Start of manufacturing of the first A320neo with machining of the engine pylon.

European airframer Airbus has marked the start of manufacturing of the much awaited A320neo by performing the first ‘cutting of metal’, machining the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” factory in Toulouse, France. The A320neo (new engine option) is slated to enter into service (EIS) from late 2015. Its key feature are the new generation CFM LEAP and Pratt …

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flyDubai orders engines for its 737 MAX order

flydubai today announced that it has signed an agreement with CFM International to purchase up to 200 LEAP-1B engines to power Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline has also ordered 22 CFM56-7BE engines to power up to an additional 11 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The order is not surprising since CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and …

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Etihad Airways orders CFM LEAP engine for its A321neo

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term services agreement. To support the new fleet, Etihad has signed a 15-year Rate per Flight …

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Lufthansa places CFM56-5B engine order for Airbus A320ceo

Deutsche Lufthansa has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 30 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. The agreement is valued at more than $610 million U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was announced in June of this year. Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Fleet Management for Lufthansa Group said: “Our choice of the CFM56-5B engine is a …

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Pegasus Airlines seals $4.3 billion engine deal with CFM

By BA Staff Pegasus Airlines has finalized its order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its 100 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft on order. The agreement is valued at approximately $4.3 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term service agreement. Under the terms of the 20-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) maintenance agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance …

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Indian Navy’s second P-8I maritime surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft arrives

by Devesh Agarwal Manufacturer, Boeing has delivered the second P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian Navy. The first P-8I was delivered in May. The P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing has developed for the U.S. Navy. Indian Navy’s second P-8I IN-320 departs for India The two aircraft are currently …

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Boeing, WestJet firm up order for 65 737 MAX Airplanes

By BA Staff Boeing and WestJet announced today that they have firmed up an order for 65 737 MAX airplanes, fulfilling the carrier’s letter of intent to purchase the airplanes announced on Aug 29. The order, valued at $6.3 billion at list prices, consists of 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s. The airplanes are a key component …

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