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Airbus A320 Family Engine Choices  
User currently offlineEmSeeEye From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3199 times:

I have noticed in the US at least there seems to be more A320 series airlines with the V2500 engines. I fly Frontier quite a bit and notice they have the CFM's. To my knowledge US/HP and the upcoming Virgin America are the only others. I would imagine fuel economy may or may not be the answer but what are the main reasons for different carriers choosing the different engines on the A320 series?

I did a search and found results but none answered my question.

Thanks.

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3163 times:

This is of constant debate.

The V2500 appears to have a slight jump in fuel economy but the CFM56 is signficantly quieter and more environmentally friendly.

Worldwide, the CFM56 has a pretty good market share on the A320 series.

NS


User currently offlineGeotrash From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Another reason is familiarity. Since you mentioned Frontier, their previous fleet of 737s were CFM powered and so their mechanics and maintenance staff already knew a bit about them...plus the established business relationships for parts supplies, training, and so on.

Dave


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5817 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Here's more to muddy your waters:

HP actually flies V2500s, while US flew CFMs.
Northwest flies CFM's.

The general consensus is that, yes, the V2500 burns less fuel.

BUT, a mechanic from one of the defunct Canadian airlines (can't remember which one) said that IAE had a horrible reputation as far as customer support... none of the member companies wants to take responsibility for support. If you've got problems with the engine and call MTU, they might refer you to Pratt, who tells you to call Rolls, etc.

United flies V2500s, by the way, while USA 3000 flies CFM's.


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