TYUMEN, Russia — UTAir Aviation (UTAir), one of Russia’s leading airlines, has selected CFM International’s CFM56-5B engine to power its new fleet of 20 Airbus A321 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $420 million U.S. at list price and the airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery in 2013. The aircraft order was announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July of this year.
To support its new fleet, UTAir also signed a long-term Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement for 40 CFM56-5B engines ordered today. Under the terms of the multi-year comprehensive maintenance program customized to UTAir’s specific requirements, CFM will guarantees the maintenance cost on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.
“We selected CFM56-5B after a thorough evaluation of all proposals for its proven reliability, acceptable cost of ownership and fuel efficiency,” said Andrey Martirosov, UTair CEO. “We believe this aircraft/engine combination will be a great addition to our growing fleet and look forward to the first deliveries in 2013.
UTAir has been a CFM customer since 2007 and currently operate a fleet of CFM56-powered Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The new A321s, which will be configured for 220 passengers, will be used on domestic and international tourist routes.
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