Behind the new order from IndiGo, the engine manufacturers CFM International and Pratt & Whitney are fighting a merciless battle to win the propulsion of the 300 Airbus A320neo aircraft.
With the new order from Airbus for 300 copies of the A320neo family, IndiGo becomes the largest customer of Airbus History with a total of 830 aircraft ordered, far ahead of the lessors Gecas (608) and ILFC (600), all models included. Behind this record order, the engine manufacturers CFM International and Pratt & Whitney are fighting a merciless battle. To propel its first Airbus A320neo aircraft from previous contracts, IndiGo chose the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G. Then, at the last Paris Air Show, the Indian airline switched to CFM Leap-1A to equip another 280 Airbus A320neos and A321neos. A contract worth $20 billion, list price, in favor of the engine designed and developed by General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines. Hence, these additional 300 Airbus single-aisle aircraft become crucial in the commercial battle, concerning the European medium-haul, the two engine manufacturers are engaged on. CFM International is intent on maintaining its advantage while Pratt & Whitney wants to regain lost ground. “The choice of engine manufacturer for this order will be made at a later date”, said Riyaz Peermohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer of IndiGo