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CFM receives order for 122 LEAP engines from Panama


Apr 10 2015

The first LEAP jet engine mounted on test rig

Images courtesy of CFM ©

CFM receives order for 122 LEAP engines from Panama

Copa Airlines of Panama order US$1.6 billion worth of LEAP engines from CFM.

Presidents Barack Obama and Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez bore witness to the official signing of the deal between Copa Airlines and CFM for 122  LEAP-1B engines to power 61 Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 aircraft.

Copa is well acquainted with CFM, as it is already operating a fleet of sixty seven 737 aircraft (currently flying or on order).  CFM has been the sole supplier of all 737 jet engines since 1981, so this new order will bring Copa’s CFM engine fleet to 278.

Copa’s new order will bring the total number of pre-orders for the LEAP-1B engine to 5,448 engines.


Leap-1A jet engine on test rig

LEAP-1A jet engine on test rig.


Copa Airlines operates from its hub in Panama City and flies to 30 countries within the Americas and the Caribbean and won “Best Airline in Latin America” in 2014.

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