CFM International said the firm CFM56-7B engine order placed by Virgin Blue Group in conjunction with its firm order for 50 737-800s finalized last week is valued at $700 million. The Australian carrier is expected to begin taking delivery of the new aircraft in June 2011 (ATWOnline, April 2) and CFM said all of the engines will be of the CFM56-7BE variant (ATWOnline, March 8). Blue's contract with Boeing includes options to convert the firm 737-800s to either the -700 or -900, plus 25 ...

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