Jazeera Airways Group has 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. The engine order is valued at US$80 million at list price.
Jazeera Airways, which began operations in October 2005, was the first carrier in the Middle East to operate this state-of-the-art engine. Today, Jazeera Airways is an award-winning airline based in Kuwait and has a fleet of 15 aircraft, including the four future deliveries. 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. "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 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) on Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection standards (CAEP /6) requirements.
CFM56-5B engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 22,200 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to power nearly 60 percent of all A320 aircraft in service or on order.