Sat, May 13, 2006
One fleet type, one engine type... that's what US low-cost
carrier Frontier Airlines announced Friday, as it selected the
CFM56-5B engine to power the six new Airbus A320 family aircraft
scheduled for delivery between 2008 and 2010. The engine order is
valued at $75 million at list price.
CFM56-5B engines are produced by CFM International, a 50/50
joint company between Snecma and General Electric Company. CFM
boasts more than 15,600 engines in service, with more than 450
operators worldwide. The CFM56-5 has also been selected to power
nearly 60 percent of the A320-series aircraft ordered to date.
Frontier Airlines is a long-time CFM customer, operating a fleet
of 52 owned and leased CFM56-5B-powered A318 and A319 aircraft. As was reported in Aero-News,
in addition to the new A320 orders, the airline has converted eight
existing A319 aircraft orders to four additional A320s and four
"We're pleased to
continue our long relationship with CFM International," said Jeff
Potter, Frontier President and Chief Executive Officer. "Having one
engine model power our entire fleet has... provided a distinct
maintenance cost advantage, which is helping us keep our total cost
of ownership low."
Currently in its 12th year of operations, Denver, CO-based
Frontier Airlines operates routes linking its Denver hub to 54
destinations, including 47 destinations in 29 states spanning the
nation from coast to coast and to seven cities in Mexico.
More than 2,100 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date,
and the fleet is growing at a rate of about 30 engines per month.
The CFM56-5B-powered A320 fleet currently in service has logged
more than 24 million engine flight hours and 14 million cycles. The
CFM56-5B is also the only engine that can power every model of the
A320 family with one bill of materials.
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