DUBAI (GE Transportation) - Comlux, the VIP charter operator based in Zurich; Switzerland, has selected the CFM56-5B engine to power three firm, three option Airbus A318 Elite Corporate Jets. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $36 million at list price.
CFM56-5B engines are produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma and General Electric Company. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 15,300 engines.
The high reliability, long on-wing life, and low maintenance costs of the CFM56-5 make it extremely popular with major airlines, low-cost carriers, and leasing companies worldwide. More than 1,850 CFM56-5B engines have been delivered to date, and the fleet is growing at a rate of about 20 engines per month.
Primary factors behind the engine's broad-based market acceptance include this industry's best reliability, durability, and low cost of ownership brought about by the engine's simple, rugged architecture. The CFM56-5B is the only engine that can power every model of the A320 family, from the small A318 up to the A321, with the same bill of materials, giving airlines a significant commonality advantage.