S.A.T., the holding company of Berlin- based Germania, has chosen the CFM56-5B engine to power five new Airbus A319 aircraft announced July 21 and scheduled for delivery from 2011 on. The engine order is valued at $70 million U.S. at list price.
With this new order, the close bonds between CFM and the Germania Group are further strengthened for a successful joint future. Germania was been awarded special recognition by CFM on several occasions for its excellent maintenance practices and continued fleet reliability over the past 20 years.
Germania began operations in 1979 under the brand SAT. Since then, the airline has flown millions of passengers every year to more than 30 International destinations. The airline operates on three business fields, wet-lease, charter and scheduled services.
State-of-the-art CFM56 Tech Insertion engines will provide Germania significant operational benefits. Over the engine's life cycle, the engines will provide the airline with better specific fuel consumption, which translates to better fuel burn and, as a result, lower CO2 emissions. The engine also meets the new International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection standards (CAEP /6) that took effect in early 2008.
Tech Insertion will also result in longer time on wing through an equivalent 15 - 20° C additional exhaust gas temperature margin; between 5 and 15% percent lower maintenance costs (depending on the thrust rating) through enhanced durability. These benefits are achieved through improvements to the high-pressure compressor, the combustor, and the high- and low-pressure turbines.
CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.