easyJet and CFM International Celebrate Delivery of First Tech Insertion Engine

June 11, 2008

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT, England June 11, 2008 easyJet, one of Europe's largest low-fare carriers, and CFM International today celebrated delivery of the airline's first A319 aircraft powered by CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engines.

CFM56 engines are a product of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company.

easyJet has been a CFM operator since 1995. In 1997, the airline ordered 12 CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737s. Just one year later, easyJet expanded its fleet with an order for 15 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-700s and 17 additional ones in 2000. The airline made history in 2002 with one of the largest ever single aircraft orders when it selected the CFM56-5B to power 120 Airbus A319 aircraft.

"We are extremely pleased to have selected the CFM engines to power our new A319 fleet", said Andy Harrison, CEO of easyJet. "We believe that the technology benefits provided by the CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engines will help us to achieve our long-term environmental goals."

"We have built a great relationship with easyJet over the years," said Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM. "We are obviously honored by their continued confidence in the CFM56 product line and look forward to maintaining that relationship for many more years to come."

easyJet is one of Europe's leading low-fares airlines, currently operating 157 aircraft on 392routes between 103 airports in 26 countries. easyJet carried over 40 million passengers in the past 12 months.

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 3,200 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date, and the fleet is growing at a rate of about 40 engines per month. Primary factors behind the engine's broad-based acceptance include the industry's best reliability, best environmental levels, low cost of ownership, and world-class customer and product support. For more information on CFM International, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com.

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