International Aero Engines has won the campaign to power the 50 Airbus A320 family aircraft that China Eastern Airlines has on order.
China Eastern at present operates an A320 fleet powered by a mix of IAE V2500 and CFMI CFM56 engines. The new order is a boost for IAE which has suffered an uncertainity over its future after one of its parents Pratt and Whitney decided to do an engine of its own (the GTF) for the next version of the Airbus A320, the A320 neo family. The GTF has taken the lead on new A320neo orders while IAE’s other partner Rolls Royce, does not seem to be aggressively pushing for an engine offering for the next-generation wide-bodies.
China Eastern’s new A320 family order will run from 2012 to 2016.