Posted on: 27 January 2014 by Mark Howells
Lion Group has chosen the CFM56-5B engine to power the 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft from an order that was announced in March 2013.
Lion Group been a CFM customer since 2000 and recently took delivery of its 100th CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737.
“Our selection of the CFM56-5B engine for the A320ceos was an obvious choice for us,” explained Rusdi Kirana, Lion Group founder and president director. “Although we are introducing a whole new engine type, it is coming from the same company that has been with us from the very beginning. Our relationship with CFM has grown as our airline has grown and we know first-hand that these engines will provide a world-class combination of economic efficiency, reliability, and time on wing that will help realise our plans for continued growth.”
All of Lion Group’s new engines will be the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) configuration, which became the new production configuration for the CFM56-5B in 2011. The improvements, which provide a 0.5% improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, including new high-pressure turbine blades, as well as manufacturing changes to the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention. The engine maintains the same noise signature as the current production engine and meets current ICAO CAEP 6 requirements.