International Lease Finance Corporation has selected CFM International's CFM56-7 engine to power 54 next-generation Boeing 737 jetliners in an engine order valued at more than $500 million.
CFM International (CFMI), a 50/50 joint company of GE of the United States and Snecma (Safran Group) of France, is the world's largest manufacturer of large commercial jet engines.
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), based in Los Angeles, California, is a major jet aircraft leasing company which provides aircraft for airline fleets worldwide. It has more than 600 CFM56 engines delivered or on order for a variety of aircraft.
"ILFC is one of our largest commercial aircraft customers, and we are gratified with its continued confidence in the CFM engine family," said Gil Eckler, GE sales director for the Americas/Australasia. "In offering the CFM56-7, we provide even better engine performance, improved emissions, increased fuel efficiency, and lower cost-of-ownership than CFM56-3 engines currently powering Boeing's 737s."
As exclusive powerplant for next-generation Boeing 737-600/-700/-800 series aircraft, the CFM56-7 features solid, wide chord fan blades, 3D aero design, new materials technology, an advanced electronic control system, and optional low emissions Double Annular Combustor. The engine is scheduled to begin flight testing in January, 1996, with certification to follow next October. The first CFM56-7-powered Boeing 737 is scheduled to enter service in September, 1997; ILFC deliveries are scheduled to begin in November, 1997.