[Aviation Today January 27, 2014] The Lion Group's Airbus
A320ceo fleet will be powered by CFM International's CFM56-5B engine, with the group's founder, Rusdi Krana, calling the selection an "obvious choice."
Under the new contract, the CFM56-5B engines will power a fleet of 60 A320ceo aircraft ordered by the Lion Group in March 2013.
"Although we are introducing a whole new engine type, it is coming from the same company that has been with us from the very beginning," said Kirana.
Lion Group's new engines will be the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) configuration, which features a 0.5 percent improvement in fuel burn, core hardware changes and a new high-pressure turbine blade. Jean-Paul Ebanga, CEO of CFM, said his company is closely watching "the explosive growth in commercial aviation in Asia.”