Lion Chooses CFM 56-5B Engines To Power 60 Airbus Narrowbodies
BATAM, January 27, 2014 - Lion Group has decided that CFM International CFM56-5B engines will power its Airbus A320ceo aircraft.
The group has 60 A320ceo aircraft on firm order, with the first to be delivered mid-year. A total of six of these Airbus narrowbodies will be delivered in 2014 and these will be assigned to full-service carrier Batik Air.
Lion Group chose the CFM56 to power its A320ceos because of the engine’s fuel-efficiency and good life-cycle cost. The group could also see some benefit in maintaining commonality with its 737-800/900ERs which are powered by CFM56-7 engines.
“Operating highly-efficient and reliable aircraft engines is one of the keys to our ongoing success,” says Lion Group president director, Rusdi Kirana, adding that “we have had a good experience CFM International.”
Lion Group also has a large stockpile of spare parts for CFM56 engines.
Even though Lion Group has chosen the CFM56-5B for its A320ceo aircraft on order, it has yet to make an engine selection for the 109 A320neos and 65 A321neos it has on order.
“We are considering CFM International’s LEAP engine and Pratt & Whitney’s GTF, but have yet to make a decision,” says Kirana. He says there are still a few more years before Lion Group’s first A320/A321neo aircraft are due to be delivered, so the group still has some time to make a decision.
“Whichever engine we select, our ultimate goal is for Lion Group’s Batam Aero Technic to be a world-class facility for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul,” says Kirana. He says Batam Aero Technic provides original equipment makers (OEMs) with the opportunity to gain a strong market presence in Southeast Asia and particularly in Indonesia.
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