Singapore - Royal Brunei Airlines, the national airline of the Sultanate of Brunei, has chosen CFM International's LEAP-1A engine for its seven new Airbus A320neo.

Announced on February 6 at the Singapore Air Show, the order is evaluated $200 million at list price by the French-American engine manufacturer.

The LEAP-1A engine delivers the best fuel economy, noise and emissions performance in its class and will enable Royal Brunei Airlines significantly reduce its operating costs,
said Karim Chand, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Brunei Airlines.

We are delighted to be an integral part of the global effort to reduce the environmental footprint and help preserve the natural environment of Brunei Darussalam,
he added.

The LEAP-1A engine entered commercial service in August 2016 on an Airbus A320neo from the Turkish low-cost Pegasus Airlines. According to CFM International, the engine now serves thirty operators around the world with a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as a significant reduction in noise levels. To date, the engine fleet in service has logged more than 610,000 flight hours.

Royal Brunei's fleet consists of 10 aircraft, 4 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, and 6 Airbus A320ceo. The eight new aircraft that will join its fleet in 2018 (a 787-8 and seven A320neo) will make the airline the owner of one of the youngest fleets in Asia-Pacific region. With the new arrivals, Royal Brunei plans to expand its network to Seoul, Beijing and other major Asian cities.

From its hub at Brunei International Airport, the airline serves several destinations in Australia, South East Asia, China, the Middle East and Great Britain.

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