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Syphax Airlines places $145 million LEAP-1A / CFM56-5B engine orders
*Deliveries set to begin in 2015
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - 15 January 2013 - Syphax Airlines has selected CFM
International's LEAP-1A and CFM56-5B engines to power three Airbus A320neo and
three Airbus A319/A320ceo aircraft, respectively. The airline will take
delivery of its first A320ceo in 2015, while the new A320neo aircraft are
schedule to begin delivery in 2019. The firm engine orders are valued at $145
million U.S. at list price.
"These engines are the right choice for our growing airline," said Mr. Mohamed
Frikha, chairman of Syphax Airlines. "CFM56 engines have sterling reputation
for reliability and low cost of ownership and we have had very good experience
with them. We have every confidence that the LEAP product line will be just as
good and are looking forward to introducing these into our fleet."
Syphax plans to introduce five additional leased A320ceos over the next few
"LEAP technology will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise,
and carbon and NOx emissions and we believe these engines will prove to be real
assets for Syphax as support its long-term growth," said Jean-Paul Ebanga,
president and CEO of CFM International.
"We are very pleased to continue to expand our great relationship with Syphax,"
said Zair Abderrahim, vice president, Sales, for CFM. "We are looking forward
to a great future with this team and to proving that their trust in CFM is well
LEAP engines incorporate revolutionary technologies never before seen in the
single-aisle aircraft segment. This engine combines advanced aerodynamic
design techniques, lighter, more durable materials, and leading-edge
environmental technologies, making it a major breakthrough in engine
technology. The 15 percent better engine fuel efficiency, at current fuel
prices, translates to as much as $1.6 million in fuel cost savings alone for
customers per airplane, per year. LEAP technology will also achieve
double-digit improvements in CO2 emissions and noise levels, all while
providing CFM56 levels of world-class reliability and low maintenance costs
Launched in 2011, Syphax Airlines is the first private Tunisian "hybrid"
airline. Syphax hopes to help expand the regional economy by providing
essential access from its two main hubs, Sfax -Thyna Airport and
Tunis-Carthage. The airline serves destinations in the Mediterranean basin
such as France, Germany, Libya, and Turkey, in addition to domestic routes with
two leased CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A319ceo aircraft.
LEAP is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma
(Safran group) and GE. CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial
aircraft engines, with more than 24,750 delivered to 500+ operators around the
For more information, contact:
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Rick Kennedy T: 513.243.3372 M: 513.607.0609
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