19 FEBRUARY 2018

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COMMENT: Airbus engine problems

The problems associated with the introduction of the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine version of the Airbus A320neo will be sorted in time.  For those with long memories, when the aircraft itself was first flown it was certainly not trouble free.

The A320neo family received over 2,000 orders in a little over two years following launch in December 2010, making it the fastest selling commercial aircraft in history.  At present it has an astonishing 6,005 orders with 1,712 of them 34% powered by CFM LEAPs and 28% by the P&W.  It seems that around 2,000 aircraft ordered do not have engines allocated.  Time will tell if the problems of Pratt & Whitney will affect the order book.

Britain's largest airline, easyJet has 96 CFM Neo's on order with four delivered.

The competing Boeing 737 MAX has 4,307 orders but is only powered by CFM LEAP.

See Airbus engine problems in this issue.

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