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The Cathay Pa­cific Group and CFM In­ter­na­tional have fi­nal­ized an or­der for the ad­vanced LEAP-1A en­gine to power the Group’s 32 new Air­bus A321­neo air­craft. The en­gine or­der is val­ued at nearly $1 bil­lion at list price, with de­liv­ery sched­uled from 2020.

The air­craft will be op­er­ated by Cathay Dragon, the re­gional car­rier of the Group, re­plac­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing its ex­ist­ing sin­gleaisle fleet of 15 A320s and eight A321s, while sup­port­ing the air­line’s con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

The Group has also signed a long-term Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) main­te­nance agree­ment with CFM In­ter­na­tional. Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, CFM will guar­an­tee main­te­nance costs on a dol­lar per en­gine flight hour ba­sis.

The LEAP en­gine fam­ily has had an ex­cep­tional en­try into com­mer­cial ser­vice with 18 cus­tomers cur­rently op­er­at­ing more than 85 air­craft on four con­ti­nents. Over­all, the fleet has logged nearly 150,000 flight cy­cles and 300,000 flight hours while main­tain­ing CFM’s in­dus­try-lead­ing re­li­a­bil­ity and the high­est uti­liza­tion rate in this thrust class.

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