November 14, 2012
ZHUHAI, China – — China's Spring Airlines signed the agreement with CFM International for CFM56-5B engines to power two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million U.S. at list price and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in January 2014 and the second aircraft in July 2014.
"We very much appreciate the long-term support CFM has been providing us and we are very happy with the outstanding performance of the CFM56 engines," said Mme. Zhang Xiuzhi, CEO of Spring Airlines. "We look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the future."
"Spring Airlines is a great customer," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "And we are honored that this airline has again put it trust in the CFM56 product line. Our promise is to continue earn that trust every day."
Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, established by Spring Travel in 2005, is China's first low cost airlines. Its entire fleet consists of 33 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 fleet. The airline boasts one of the youngest fleets in the world today and operates more than 50 routes across China. Spring Airlines is also the first private carrier to operate international routes and currently serves destinations in Japan and Thailand, in additional to Hong Kong and Macau.
The two new A320 aircraft of Spring Airlines will be powered by the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package engine, which has been the production configuration since October 2011. The PIP 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 also features fewer parts to help lower maintenance costs.
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 24,200 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.