DELTA AIR LINES SELECTS CFM56-5B ENGINES FOR A321CEO AIRCRAFT

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by CFM and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed
by the sender.) 
Delta Air Lines Selects CFM56-5B Engines for A321ceo Family 
-Valued at more than $850 million U.S. 
-Includes long-term service agreement 
WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- Delta Air Lines today announced that is
has selected  CFM International’s CFM56-5B engines to power 30
firm A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft.   The agreement
is valued at more than $850 million U.S. at list price,
including spare engines and a suite of material support
agreements for the new fleet. 
The materials agreements provide for the comprehensive repair
and replacement of life-limited and non-life limited parts for
the CFM56-5B engines. The agreements also provide Delta with
technical data for component repairs and engine overhaul to
assist their operations. 
“Delta’s choice of CFM56-5B engines to support our new A321
aircraft is a logical extension of the CFM56 engines we operate
on our existing A320-family aircraft,” said Nat Pieper, Delta
Vice President - Fleet Strategy & Transactions.  “The CFM56
offers the best combination of economic efficiency, reliability,
and time on wing available in the marketplace.” 
Delta was actually CFM International’s first customer and
launched the product into commercial service April 24, 1982 when
it flew the very first McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71 aircraft
powered by CFM56-2 engines on a flight between Atlanta and
Savannah, Georgia.  Today, Delta operates approximately 210
Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family aircraft powered by CFM56
engines.  When today’s order is included, Delta has 130
additional CFM56-powered aircraft still to be delivered. 
 “This is a fantastic vote of confidence for the entire CFM
Team,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM.  “Delta
was our first customer and it is highly gratifying that, more
than 30 years later, CFM is still the engine of choice for their
single-aisle operations.” 
“Delta continues to distinguish itself as one of the top
airlines in the world and we are honored to have such a big part
of this industry-leading team,” said Kevin McAllister, vice
president of sales for CFM parent company GE Aviation.  “We have
a solid partnership with Delta and we have every confidence that
it will continue to expand and strengthen in the years to come.” 
 About CFM International 
CFM56-5B engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50
joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM, the world’s
leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered
more than 25,000 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers
every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to
power nearly 60 percent of all A320 aircraft in service or on
order. 
About Delta Air Lines 
Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines employs nearly 80,000
employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than
700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the Sky Team
global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading
trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM.  Including its
worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than
15,000 daily flights to 327 destinations in 63 countries on six
continents.  The airline serves more than 160 million customers
each year and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired
airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies
airline industry list. 
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For more information, contact: 
Jamie Jewell
513.552.2790
jamie.jewell@ge.com
Mobile: 513.885.2282 
Rick Kennedy
513.243.3372
rick.l.kennedy@ge.com
Mobile: 513.607.0609 
Giulia Lecarrié
+33.1.69.87.09.29
giulia.lecarrie@snecma.fr
Mobile: +33.6.42.40.17.19 
(sgp) NY 
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