ALC places $2.3 billion CFM LEAP-1B engine order

Has purchased both LEAP engine models

July 18, 2018

Air Lease Corporation has finalized its order for additional CFM International LEAP-1B engines to power 83 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at a value of $2.3 billion U.S. at list price. The aircraft were previously announced.

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) specializes in purchasing new commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline customers worldwide through customized leasing and financing solutions.

"The LEAP-1B is performing exceptionally well in airline services," said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. "This continued vote of confidence from ALC signifies that they recognize the real value that the LEAP-1B delivers. Ten years after we launched this engine program, we are proud to say that we met all of our commitment to our customers."

The LEAP engine family continues to perform exceptionally well in commercial service. There are 61 airlines currently operating more than 385 aircraft on five continents. Overall, the fleet has logged more than 700,000 flight cycles and 1.5 million engine flight hours while maintaining CFM's industry-leading reliability and the highest utilization rate in this thrust class. The engine is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; and lower noise and NOx emissions.