Bloomberg News and The Enquirer
Delta Air Lines has picked engines made by West Chester-based CFM International to power 40 new Airbus jets it’s buying – a deal valued at $850 million.
CFM is a joint venture between Evendale-based GE Aviation and French manufacturer Safran SA.
Airbus SAS beat Boeing Co. to win the order from Delta for the jets, which have a list value of $5.6 billion, as the European planemaker expands its foothold at U.S. carriers.
CFM’s CF6-80E1engines will power the wide-bodies, which along with a services agreement are worth as much as $1.4 billion, the engine company said Wednesday.
Delta’s only previous order with Airbus was 21 years ago, when it bought nine wide-body A310s that were delivered in 1993, Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn said in an e-mail message. Those planes are no longer in production.
All 158 Airbus jets currently flown by Delta were inherited through its purchase of Northwest, which Delta CEO Richard Anderson ran before coming to Delta. Those Airbus jets make up about 20 percent of Delta’s main jet fleet.