Ruili places $810 million LEAP-1B engine order
LE BOURGET — 16 June 2015
New Chinese carrier Ruili Airlines today announced a $810 million U.S. order for 60 CFM LEAP-1B engines to power 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Ruili, which began operations in early 2014, serves seven domestic routes in China with five Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft powered by CFM56-7B engines.
"Ruili has accomplished much in a very short time, and we are honored to be a part of this growing, dynamic team and look forward to a long relationship with them," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "They already understand the reliability of the CFM product family. The new LEAP-1B engines will bring them even more value through improved fuel efficiency, lower environmental impact, and the legendary reliability that has made CFM the industry leader."
The LEAP-1B engine promises to be the most advanced, reliable, fuel-efficient powerplant for the new generation single-aisle aircraft. The engine incorporates many industry firsts, including the 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blade and case; the one-of-a-kind debris rejection system; fourth-generation 3-D aerodynamics; the first commercial use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs); the revolutionary combustor design featuring fuel nozzles grown using additive manufacturing; and light-weight Titanium Aluminide airfoils. The lower weight and higher durability these components provide will result in a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; CFM's industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.
Ruili Airlines, based at Kunming Changshui International Airport, provides domestic services to destinations in central and northern China. The airline, established in early 2014, is wholly-owned by Yunnan Jingcheng Group.
About CFM International
LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE and the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines. Through May 31, 2015, the company had received orders and commitments for a total of 8,900 LEAP engines.