PARIS 2011: Jazeera places $80 million order for CFM56-5Bs

Jazeera Airways has placed an order – valued at $80 million at list price – for CFM56-5B engines to power four brand new Airbus A320 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to the airline between 2012 and 2014.

"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. "The performance and reliability advantages that the engine provides have helped us establish and maintain our high efficiency and reliability reputation."

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% improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, including new high-pressure turbine blade, as well as manufacturing changes the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention.

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