Egyptair has placed an order for CFM International's CFM56-5C engines to power three firm, two option Airbus Industrie A340 aircraft. The firm engine orders are valued at about $100 million.
The CFM56-5C is produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States.
Egyptair, which currently operates a fleet of CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737s, is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the new A340s in late 1996. The airline plans to use the A340s to open new non-stop routes, such as Cairo to Japan, to the West Coast of the United States, and to Australia.
"Egyptair has been operating the highly reliable CFM56-3 for years," said Zair Abderrahim, CFMI sales director. "We are proud to see the airline plans to rely on the same uncompromising standards for its long-haul operations by selecting the CFM56-5C for its new fleet of A340 transports."
The CFM56-5C is the exclusive powerplant for the long-range, four-engine A340 and has logged more than one million flight hours since entering service in March 1993. The CFM56-5C-powered A340 is the quietest aircraft in its gross weight class, with a cumulative noise margin of 23 EPNdB (effective, perceived noise in decibels) below International Civil Aviation Organization limits. To date, CFMI has received orders for engines to power nearly 250 firm and option aircraft.