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Air Arabia firms up CFM56-5B engine order

In a special ceremony held in London, UK, Air Arabia has formalised its order, originally announced in July 2010, for CFM56-5B engines to power its fleet of 44 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Air Arabia recently set a new world record, achieving 30,000 flight hours in just six years with one of its CFM56-5B-powered A320 aircraft.

“Air Arabia enjoys a long track record of operational excellence,” commented Adel Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia. “And we remain focused on offering the best value to our customers, which means optimum utilisation of our resources, including the state-of the art Airbus A320 aircraft with CFM56 engines, which represents the heart of our fleet.”

Air Arabia became a CFM customer in 2003 when the airline started operations with a CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320. The airline, a winner of the A320 Family Operational Excellence Award from Airbus, currently operates a total fleet of 23 CFM56-5B-powered A320s and the airline’s confirmed order of 44 A320 aircraft is scheduled to begin delivery later this year.

The photo shows CFM’s CEO Eric Bachelet and Adel Ali, group CEOof Air Arabia after signing the agreement.

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