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Qantas Group signs $2.0 Billion Order for advanced Leap-1A Engines to power A320neo aircraft

April 19, 2012

First CFM-powered A320 aircraft in Qantas Group fleet

Extends 20-year relationship with CFM, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma

Sydney, Australia -- 19 April 2012: The Qantas Group today announced it has signed a US$2.0 billion order (including spare engines) for advanced LEAP-1A engines to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order.

The LEAP engine, developed by CFM International (a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma (Safran group), is one of the world's most advanced aircraft engines, delivering:

  • 15 percent better fuel consumption compared to today's best CFM engine,
  • 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to today's best CFM engine,
  • 50 percent reduction in oxides of nitrogen emissions, and
  • a 75 percent reduction in the engine noise footprint

President and CEO of GE Australia and New Zealand, Steve Sargent, said this is a milestone for the company: "This marks the biggest order in Australia for our aviation business," Mr Sargent said.

"We have a strong relationship with the Qantas Group, having powered its aircraft for twenty five years.

"We are again honoured to work with the Qantas Group -- arguably one of the best airlines in the world - to have our LEAP engines support their exciting growth plans.

The airlines are scheduled to begin taking delivery in 2016.

About CFM International
CFM International (CFM) is the 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. The company has delivered a total of more than 23,300 CFM56 engines, making it one of the most successful aircraft engine suppliers in history.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

For more information, visit the company's website at or follow @GEaustralia.

Joanne Woo
Corporate Communications Director, Australia & New Zealand
[email protected]
+61 409 330 731

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