Air Canada has exercised its option to purchase 10 Airbus Industrie A319 twin-engine aircraft powered by CFM56-5A5 turbofan engines, in an engine order estimated to exceed $100 million.
With these 10 aircraft, plus 25 previously ordered, Air Canada will have a total of 35 CFM56-5A5-powered A319s in service. Delivery of the 10 A319 aircraft is scheduled to begin in late 1996 and will continue into 1998.
CFM56-5A5 engines are produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States.
In addition to the A319 aircraft, Air Canada, an international air carrier headquartered in St. Laurent, Quebec, currently operates 34 Airbus Industrie A320 aircraft powered by CFM56-5A1 engines and has ordered six firm and three option Airbus Industrie A340 aircraft powered by CFM56-5C4 engines. Air Canada has also leased, from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), two additional CFM56-5C4-powered A340s, the first of which is to be delivered during this year's Paris Air Show.