GECAS Orders CFM56-5B-Powered A318/A320 Aircraft

July 26, 2000

- GE Capital Aviation Services , Inc. (GECAS), has ordered CFM56-5B engines to power 30 firm A318 and 12 A319/A320/A321 aircraft at a value to CFM International of $450 million.

CFM56 engines are produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma Moteurs (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States. CFM is the worlds leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, gaining nearly 50 percent of all orders to power 100+ passenger aircraft in the past 10 years.

The CFM56-5 is the most popular engine for the A320 family. The high reliability, long on-wing life, and low maintenance costs of the CFM56 engine family makes these engines extremely popular with leasing companies. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the aircraft ordered by leasing companies is powered by CFM56 engines.

As the only engine that can power every model of the A320 family with one bill of materials, the CFM56-5B provides airlines a distinct commonality advantage. The CFM56-5 is the engine of choice for the A320 family, having been selected to power nearly 60 percent of the A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft ordered.

One of the primary factors behind the CFM56-5s broad-based market acceptance has been its simple, rugged architecture, which gives it the highest reliability, durability, and repairability in its class. In addition, CFM continually invests in technology enhancements that make the engines even better.

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