EVENDALE, OHIO February 2, 2006 All Nippon Airways (ANA) has selected the CFM56-5B engine to power five firm Airbus A320-200 aircraft in an engine order valued at $60 million at list price. The Tokyo, Japan, based carrier is scheduled to begin taking delivery in 2007.
CFM56 engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company.
ANA currently operates a fleet of 28 CFM-powered A320-200, primarily on its domestic routes. The purchase of five additional A320s shall be to support increased passenger demand on many of its Asian routes, particularly to China. ANA cited the CFM56-5B's industry leading performance, reliability, and economics as factors in its decision. This selection reinforces ANA's confidence in the CFM56 engine family and CFM's long-term support of the engines in operation.
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. Nearly 2,100 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date to 94 operators. In 2006, the fleet will grow at a rate of about 30 engines per month. The engine has gained broad-based industry acceptance through outstanding 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, giving airlines a significant commonality. Overall, the CFM56-5B fleet has logged nearly 23 million flight hours and more than 13 million flight cycles with industry-leading reliability.