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Mon 20 Jun 2011 07:10 PM

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Kuwait's Jazeera signs $80m engines deal

Jazeera Airways Group announces order for engines to power four new Airbus A320 aircraft

Kuwait's Jazeera signs $80m engines deal

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways Group said on Monday it had placed an order for engines to power four new Airbus A320 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to the airline between 2012 and 2014.

The engine order is valued at $80m at list price, the carrier said in a statement.

Jazeera Airways, which began operations in October 2005, has a fleet of 15 aircraft, including the four future deliveries.

The new aircraft will be used as part of the company's fleet modernisation programme.

"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."

The engine, which will become the new production standard, is on schedule for certification and entry into service by the end of 2011.

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.

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