VietJetAir, CFM sign Rate per Flight Hour Agreement for first 21 Airbus A320ceo aircraft
Supports airline’s entire CFM56-5B fleet
PARIS, France — Vietnam's VietJetAir and CFM International have signed a 12-year Rate Per Flight Hour agreement to support the airline’s fleet 21 Airbus A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM56-5B engines.
Under the terms of the agreement, which is valued at $300 million U.S., CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for a total of 45 CFM56-5B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, VietJetAir has been a CFM customer since it commenced operations in late 2011 with 18 leased CFM56-5B-powered A320 aircraft. Earlier this year, the airline placed an $800 million order to purchase CFM56-5B engines to power 14 additional Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) and 7 A321ceo aircraft. The airline currently operates a fleet of 39 CFM56-5B engines, including one spare.
"With this agreement, we are looking to CFM to help us keep our maintenance costs in check,” said Chu Viet Cuong, a member of the Board of Directors of VietJetAir. "They have proven themselves to be a real partner in our operations and will continue to be an asset to support our continued growth. “
“We are very happy to bring all of our expertise to VietJetAir and help them keep their operating costs low,” said Gaël Meheust, executive vice president of sales and marketing for CFM parent company Snecma (Safran). “This airline has accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time and we are thrilled to be such an integral part of their team.”
All of VietJetAir's new engines will be the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) configuration. The PIP became the new production configuration for the CFM56-5B in 2011. The improvements, which is providing 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. The engine maintains the same noise signature as the current production engine and meets current International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Committee of Aviation Environmental Protection standards (CAEP /6) requirements.
VietJetAir is the first private airline in Vietnam to be licensed to operate domestic and international flights. The airline initially flew to Vietnam's three major economic and tourist hubs - Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi. And airline has continued to expand with new routes to domestic Vietnam and Southeast Asia destinations. www.vietjetair.com
About CFM International
CFM 56-5B engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 27,000 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to power the majority of all A320 family aircraft in service or on order.