Japan Airlines (JAL) has ordered CFM56 engines to power four Boeing 737-400 aircraft in an engine order valued at $35 million.
CFM56 engines are produced by CFM International (CFMI), a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States.
JAL's new aircraft, the first of which will be delivered this year, will be equipped with CFM56-3C engines, which power the Boeing 737-300/-400/-500 series of aircraft. Since entering service in 1984, the CFM56-3 has logged more than 41 million flight hours and established industry-leading reliability ratings. The CFM56-3 has an in-flight shutdown (IFSD) rate of .002, which translates to only one engine-caused IFSD every 500,000 flight hours. An average narrow-body aircraft such as the 737 accumulates about 2,500 to 3,000 hours per year. In addition, the CFM56-3 engine dispatch reliability rate of 99.97 means that less than one flight per 2,000 is delayed for 15 minutes or more because of an engine problem.