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."