Places $95 Million CFM56-7B Engine Order

November 13, 2007

EVENDALE, Ohio November 13, 2007 today announced an order for seven firm, three option CFM56-7B-powered Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $95 million (USD) at list price.

CFM56-7B engines are produced by CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company. is a long-time CFM customer and operates a fleet of 29 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft. The new 737s announced today will be delivered between 2009 and 2012. If the options are exercised, the additional airplanes will begin delivery in 2014.

"We're obviously pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with," said Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM International. "This airline has done an outstanding job of managing its costs and its growth and, as a result, has been profitable for 29 consecutive years. That's a remarkable achievement in today's dynamic aviation environment; we are pleased that CFM has played some role in that success."

All of's new CFM56-7B engines will be in the Tech Insertion configuration, which incorporates advanced technologies developed and validated as part of Project TECH56 to provide operators with lower maintenance costs. Improved analytic design tools developed as part of this program have enable CFM to further optimize the Tech Insertion combustor so that it will provide 25 percent lower NOx emissions, allowing the engine to meet the new International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection emissions standards (CAEP /6) scheduled to take effect in 2008. In addition, the engine's 1 percent improvement in fuel consumption will also lower CO2, reducing these emissions by 200 tons per aircraft per year.

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