Jazeera Expands CFM56-5B-Powered A320 Fleet with Engine Order, Extends LHT Contract

Jazeera Airways placed an order for CFM56-5B engines to power four brand new Airbus A320 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to the airline between 2012 and 2014 during the show. The engine order is valued at $80 million U.S. at list price. The new aircraft will be used as part of the company’s fleet modernization program. “We have had great success with the CFM56-5B engines and formed an outstanding working relationship with CFM,” said Marwan Boodai, Chairman of Jazeera Airways Group. All of Jazeera Airways’ new engines will be the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) configuration. The -5B PIP completed extensive ground testing and more than 26 hours of flight testing on the A320. The engine, which will become the new production standard, is on schedule for certification and entry into service by the end of 2011. The improvements, which provide a 0.5 percent improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, new high-pressure turbine blade, as well as manufacturing changes to the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention. The engine will maintain the same noise signature as the current production engine. These engines also meet current International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection standards (CAEP /6) requirements. Additionally, Jazeera Airways extended the existing 10-year Total Engine Support TES with Lufthansa Technik from 2006 for a further two years. The agreement comprises 13 CFM56-5B engines of the six Airbus A320 airplanes of Jazeera Airway’s fleet.

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