On November 15, 2017, Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir announced that it will lease 15 new Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engine from AerCap.  The airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery shortly.

“We have been impressed with everything we have seen about the LEAP engine in service,” said Safwat Musallam, chairman, and CEO of EgyptAir.   “ These new aircraft are a key element in our fleet modernization strategy and we know we can count on CFM to ensure that the introduction will be a smooth one.”

EgyptAir is a long-time CFM customer and currently operates a fleet of 29 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing Generation 737-800 aircraft.

“AerCap is extremely proud to have been selected by EgyptAir to support its narrow-body fleet renewal program, ” AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly said in an official statement.  “These new generation aircraft and engines will enhance EGYPTAIR’s fleet for many years to come and we look forward to seeing the aircraft in service.”

The LEAP engine entered commercial service in August 2016. It is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. CFM has received orders and commitments for a total of nearly 14,000 LEAP engines across all three models through October 2017. The engine providing its operators with a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions, and lower noise and NOx emissions, the developers claim.