Air France-KLM Group today announced an order for CFM56-5B engines to power 18 new Airbus A320 family aircraft. The engine order is valued at approximately $245 million over the life of the product. In addition, that airline also announced that it would lease 12 additional CFM56-5B-powered A320 family aircraft.
CFM56-5B engines are a product of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company and the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines.
Formed in 2004, Air France-KLM Group, consisting of Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, is one of the largest airline groups in the world and flies to 250 destinations worldwide. The airline is CFM's largest A320 family customer, with more than 165 aircraft in service. Air France-KLM as the first airline to operator all four variants of CFM56-powered A320 family passenger aircraft, including the A318, A319, A320, and A321.
The CFM56-5B is the engine of choice for the Airbus A320 family and is popular with major airlines, low-cost carriers, and leasing companies alike. More than 2,650 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date, and the fleet is growing at a rate of about 32 engines per month. Primary factors behind the engine's broad-based market acceptance include this industry's best reliability, durability, low cost of ownership, and world-class customer and product support. The CFM56-5B is the only engine that can power every model of the A320 family, from the small A318 up to the A321, with the same bill of materials. For more information on CFM International, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com