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Airbus A320 Family Engine Choices

Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:19 am

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.

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RE: Airbus A320 Family Engine Choices

Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:33 am

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.

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RE: Airbus A320 Family Engine Choices

Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:03 am

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.

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RE: Airbus A320 Family Engine Choices

Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:39 am

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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