Air China Finalizes CFM56-5B Engine Order

ZHUHAI, China - 16 November 2010

In a special ceremony here today, Chinese flag carrier Air China finalized its order for CFM International's CFM56-5B engine to power 20 firm Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order, originally announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, is valued at approximately $300 million U.S. at list price.

Air China, which is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the new aircraft
in 2011, is the largest commercial airline in China and has been a
long-time CFM customer. In addition to the 20 A320s announced today, the
airline's current fleet includes 55 Airbus A320 and 118 Boeing 737 family
aircraft powered by CFM56-5B and CFM56-3/7B engines, respectively, as well
as six long-range, four-engine Airbus A340-300 aircraft powered by the

"We are very pleased to continue our long relationship with CFM," He Li,
Vice President of Air China noted when placing the order. "We already have
a big CFM56-powered fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and the operating
economics and the outstanding reliability of this engine have been enabling
us save our costs and assure our customers of the very highest level of
service that we can provide."
The high reliability, long on-wing life, and low maintenance costs of the
CFM56-5B make it extremely popular with major airlines, low-cost carriers,
and leasing companies worldwide. All of China Eastern's new CFM56-5B
engines are of the Tech Insertion configuration. This configuration was
introduced in September 2007 and, through October 2010, the CFM56-5B fleet
of more than 1,600 engines in service worldwide had logged more than seven
million flight hours and four million flight cycles without a single
engine-related event.

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 21,450 engines to date.

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