Cincinnati company lands billion dollar contract
February 13, 2014 by Lisa
Lion Group, which is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, will be buying jet engines from CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran) and GE Aviation; the latter based in Cincinnati. The CFM56-5B engines will be used to power 60 of Lion Air’s A320ceo planes.
The airline’s hub is in Jakarta, but it plans to make Batam, an Indonesian island near Singapore, its secondary hub. From there, it will fly to destinations throughout Asia and the Middle East, including China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It also plans service to Indian cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi.
Rusdi Kirana, Founder and President Director of Lion Group, said the company has been using CFM engines for years and, although the CFM56-B is a new type for Lion, the team trusts its relationship with CFM to provide the very best equipment. He went on to say that CFM and Lion Group have grown together, and he is positive the new power plants will provide the reliability, efficiency, and on-time performance that will allow the airline to continue its growth.
Jean-Paul Ebanga, President and CEO of CFM echoed Kirana’s words, saying he is proud to be part of the growing commercial aviation market in Asia.
GE Aviation might work with brochure printers to create a handout for employees, explaining what will be expected under this new contract.