EVENDALE, OHIO April 3, 2006 Hamburg International has finalized the purchase of CFM56-5B engines to power 14 Airbus A319 aircraft in a $170 million order.
CFM56-5B engines are produced by CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company.
The Hamburg, Germany-based charter and tour operator will take delivery of the aircraft in between 2008 and 2009. This is Hamburg International's first CFM56-powered Airbus aircraft order, although it does currently operate six CFM56-7-powered Boeing 737s. The new A319s will serve European charter routes, as well as dedicated flights to Africa, and the Middle East.
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 2,100 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date to 94 operators. In 2006, the fleet will grow at a rate of about 30 engines per month. The engine has gained broad-based industry acceptance through outstanding reliability, durability, low cost of ownership, and world-class customer and product support. The CFM56-5B is the only engine that can power every model of the A320 family, from the small A318 up to the A321, with the same bill of materials, giving airlines a significant commonality advantage.