Gallery: Virgin America’ New Fuel-Efficient LEAP Engines Will Save $1.6...


With the cost of air travel soaring this year due to the rising cost of fuel, many travelers have been cutting back, or not traveling at all. Today, Virgin America announced plans to switch to a new breed of energy-efficient engines that will significantly improve fuel efficiency while saving a whopping $1.6 million per airplane, per year. The energy-saving LEAP and CFM565B engines will power 30 new airbuses, in addition to 30 existing A320s.

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  1. Williard June 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Missing is how bad the previous generation of GE/Airbus engines were, in both fuel and noise. I avoid GE engines whenever possible; that buzzing sound can make me ill after a few hours. Also, current Pratt & Whitney engines already outperform these.

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