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CFM56-5B FOR SWISSAIR AND AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: A CLEAN ENGINE SELECTED FOR THEIR A320/A321 FLEETS

 CFM56-5B FOR SWISSAIR AND AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: A CLEAN ENGINE
 SELECTED FOR THEIR A320/A321 FLEETS
 EVENDALE, Ohio, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Swissair, Switzerland's flag carrier, and Austrian Airlines, Austria's flag carrier, today announced that they have selected CFM International's newest engine, the CFM56-5B, to power Airbus Industrie A320/A321 aircraft. The contract for Swissair is valued at $700 million for 26 firm and 26 option A320/A321. The contract for Austrian Airlines is valued at $350 million for 13 firm and 13 option A320/A321.
 CFM International (CFMI) is a 50/50 joint company of SNECMA of France and General Electric Aircraft Engines of the United States. Last month, the two companies celebrated the 20th anniversary of the CFM56 alliance. Swissair order: The agreement covers installed and spare engines in support of an aircraft fleet for delivery between 1995 and 1999. Swissair has designated 19 of the 26 firm aircraft as A321s, while the remaining firm aircraft are scheduled to be A320s. The 26 option aircraft will be split evenly between A320s and A321s.
 "This is a very significant order for CFMI," said Jean Bilien, president of CFM International. "At CFMI, we feel proud and privileged to receive such recognition from Swissair at the conclusion of its thorough two-year evaluation process. This airline continues to demonstrate technological expertise that ranks among the best in the world."
 Austrian Airlines order: This agreement covers installed and spare engines for aircraft scheduled for delivery between 1995 and 2002. Austrian Airlinse has designated the aircraft order as six firm, seven option A321s and seven firm, six option A320s. Earlier this year, Austrian selectd the CFM56-5C engine to power up to four long-range, four engine Airbus A430 aircraft.
 "We are delighted to see our relationship with Austria strengthened with this engine order," said Bilien. "Austrian industry has long been a partner of GE, SNECMA, and CFMI, providing high quality, high technology componenets for our engines programs. We couldn't be happier to see this partnership continue into the next century."
 Swissair's and Austrian Airlines' evaluations focused heavily on environmental concerns such as noise and emissions. One of the new features CFMI is developing for the CFM56-5B is a new double-annular combustor, which will significantly reduce emissions, specifically oxides of nitrogen (NOx), when compared to the best current-technology high bypass turbofan engines. SNECMA and General Electric are the only two aircraft engine manufacturers to have actual hardware technology on the double annular combustor. This engine selection will enable Swissair and Austrian Airlines to operate the world's most environmentally friendly engine when it receives its A320/A321 aircraft in the mid-1990's.
 All CFM56 engines currently meet US Federal Aviation FAR 36 Stage III noise requirements with significant margin, and the CFM56-5B will also be extremely quiet. The engine's superior operating economics will enable Swissair and Austrian Airlines to remain competitive in the global air transportation market well into the 21st century without compromising on environmental standards.
 The -5B engine is based on the best technologies of its predecessors, the CFM56-5A, which powers existing A320s, and the higher thrust CFM56-5C powerplant for the four-engine Airbus A340. The -5B uses the same core as the -5C and incorporates a new fan design coupled to a four-stage booster, which will enable the engine to operate at lower temperatures and higher thrust. The CFM56-5B began ground testing on Oct. 25 and is scheduled for flight tests in mid-1992, leading to certification at 31,500 pounds thrust in May 1993. During the first two weeks of testing at SNECMA's facility in Villaroche, France, the engine successfully demonstrated 32,000 pounds of thrust. The CFM56-5B is being offered in three versions:
 - CFM56-5B1, rated at 30,000 pounds thrust (for A321)
 - CFM56-5B2, rated at 31,000 pounds thrust (for A321)
 - CFM56-5B4, rated at 26,500 pounds thrust (for A320)
 Swissair and Austrian, the launching airlines of the CFM56-5B powered A320, selected this configuration for A320/A321 fleet commonality. The CFM56-5 is the engine of choice for the A320 and A321, with orders for more than 750 firm and option aircraft, or nearly 70 percent of the total A320/A321 aircraft orders to date for which engines have been selected. The value of CFMI is more than $7 billion. To date, CFMI has received commitments for about 11,000, CFM56 engines, of which more than 5,000 are currently in service.
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 /CONTACT: Dwight E. Weber or David A. Lane, both of GE Aircraft Engines, 513-243-6136 or Francois Roudier of SNECMA (France), 33.1.40.60.80.28/ CO: GE Aircraft Engines; SNECMA ST: Ohio; France IN: ARO SU: JVN


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