Swiss Confirms $300 Million CFM56-5C Order

May 31, 2002

Swiss has confirmed its order for 13 CFM56-5C4-powered Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $300 million. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2003 and extend through August 2004.

The CFM56-5C4 is the highest thrust engine produced by CFM International and is the exclusive powerplant for the long-range, four-engine Airbus A340-200 and A340-300. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma Moteurs (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States.

The CFM56-5C-powered A340 fleet continues to grow, with orders for 19 new aircraft to date in 2002, bringing total orders to 250 aircraft. The 213 CFM56-5C-powered A340s in service have logged more than 17.5 million flight hours while maintaining a dispatch reliability rate of 99.81 percent, in addition to one of the lowest shop visit rates in this thrust class.

CFM International is a joint company of Snecma, France and General Electric Company, U.S.A.

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