DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar Airways has placed a $4 billion (£3.13 billion) jet engine order with CFM International to power its 50 Airbus <AIR.PA> A321neos.
CFM, owned by General Electric <GE.> and France’s Safran <SAF.PA>, will supply LEAP-1A engines for the A321neos ordered by the state-owned carrier.
“We chose the LEAP engine based on its proven efficiency in commercial operations,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said in a statement on Wednesday.
Qatar Airways ordered United Technologies Corp’s <UTX.N> Pratt & Whitney engines for its initial order of A320neo jets which it upgraded in 2017 to the larger A321 version.
The status of the Pratt & Whitney order was not immediately clear. Qatar Airways did not respond to a request for immediate comment.
Qatar Airways threatened to walk away from the A320neo order in 2016, including cancelling the Pratt & Whitney deal, over performance issues before it eventually swapped it for the larger jets.
(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; editing by Jason Neely)