Posted on: 12 February 2014 by Mark Howells
VietJetAir has chosen the CFM56-5B engine to power 21 firm Airbus A320ceo family aircraft (14 A320ceos and 7 A321ceos), the agreement being signed at the show by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao CEO of VietJetAir (right in pic) and Gaël Meheust, vice-president of sales for CFM International (left in pic).
“Based on our experience with CFM to date, the CFM56-5B engine was the natural choice for our new A320ceos,” commented Chu Viet Cuong, a member of the Board of the Directors of VietJetAir. “CFM has been an integral part of our growth and our experience has shown that we can continue to rely on them to a best-in-class combination of economic efficiency, reliability, and time-on-wing to support our continued growth.”
All of VietJetAir’s new engines will be in the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) configuration. The PIP 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 in order to improve performance retention. The engine maintains the same noise signature as the current production engine and meets current ICAO CAEP/6 requirements.