Lufthansa places CFM56-5B engine order
Deutsche Lufthansa has ordered CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power 30 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option). The agreement is valued at more than $610 million U.S. at list price.
The aircraft were announced in June of this year. Lufthansa currently operates a fleet 350 CFM56 engines powering Airbus A319/A320, long-range, four-engine A340-300, and Boeing 737 Classic aircraft. Overall, Lufthansa Aviation Group, which includes Germanwings, Austrian, and Swiss, operates more than 560 CFM56 engines.
All of Lufthansa’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.