British Low-Cost Carrier Opts For LEAP-1A Aftermarket Services

The LEAP-1A deal will include up to 150 installed engines. 
Credit: Airbus

Following a commitment for up to 75 Airbus A321neo aircraft, British airline Jet2 has opted for a spare engines and long-term aftermarket services agreement for the CFM International LEAP-1A engine.

The Leeds-headquartered low-cost carrier has opted for the LEAP-1A over the rival Pratt & Whitney PW1100G as it looks to upgrade its fleet and the deal includes up to 150 installed engines. 

Jet2 has 36 firm orders in place for the narrowbody aircraft since last year, with additional options also in place.

Currently, it operates a fleet of 94 aircraft comprised of more than 80 Boeing 737 aircraft, eight 757-200s and three A320 family aircraft.

Jet2 plans to phase out the 757s and the A321neo aircraft are scheduled to replace these.

The airline is also looking to drive forward sustainability and cited this as reasons why it will switch to LEAP-1A-powered A321neo aircraft.

“The LEAP engine has been demonstrating significant improvements in terms of CO2 and noise emissions that will help us optimize our operations and provide a more comfortable customer experience,” says Philip Meeson, executive chairman of Jet2. 

“We are also going to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuels with the LEAP engine to address our ambitious sustainable goals.”

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.