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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Syphax Airlines Selects CFM Engines for New A320s

Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines placed a $145 million order for CFM International’s LEAP-1A and CFM56-5B engines to power its newly ordered A320ceo and A320neo aircraft.

The airline is scheduled to take delivery of its first of three A320ceos in 2015, and expects delivery of the first of three new A320neos to begin in 2019, CFM said.

“LEAP technology will provide double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise, and carbon and NOx emissions and we believe these engineswill prove to be real assets for Syphax as support its long-term growth,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International.

The LEAP and CFM56 engines incorporate lightweight materials and a unique aerodynamic design to reduce fuel burn and maintenance costs. Boeing is equipping its 737 MAX family of aircraft with the LEAP-1B engines.

Syphax is looking to use the new planes to expand its regional network after beginning operations in April 2012.  

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