Aircraft engines and nacelles
Airplane and helicopter turbine engines, as well as nacelles, are all centers of excellence at Safran. Our expertise in these fields makes Safran a preferred partner to today’s leading aircraft manufacturers.
Safran offers powerful, innovative and reliable propulsion solutions for virtually all segments of the civil aviation market, from regional and business jets to mainline commercial jets – solutions that meet customer requirements now and for the foreseeable future. Going forward, we continue to focus on reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs, and developing more environmentally-friendly solutions across the board.
The nacelle is an integral part of jet engines. It is in fact a complex system that optimizes airflows and protects the engine. In addition, it helps reduce noise and contributes to aircraft braking, via the integrated thrust reversers. As a designer and builder of nacelles, Safran offers a product range tailored to all types of aircraft.
Safran also makes turbine engines for all types of helicopters, light, medium or heavy, civil or military. All of today's major manufacturers (Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Finmeccanica Helicopters, Avic Helicopters, Russian Helicopters, etc.) have chosen gas turbine engines from the world leader in this market, because of our engines' unrivaled performance in terms of fuel consumption, reliability and environmental footprint.
LEAP, tomorrow’s jetliner engine
The next generation of single-aisle commercial jets will benefit from an innovative new engine, LEAP. The successor to the CFM56, the world's best-selling commercial aircraft engine, LEAP clearly reflects Safran's technology leadership.
Produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, the new-generation LEAP inherits its predecessor's reliability and low operating costs. Its new architecture and the widespread use of 3D woven composite parts contribute to considerable weight savings, 15% lower specific fuel consumption, lower noise (15 decibels less) and reduced emissions (50% cut in NOx, or oxides of nitrogen). The world's leading aircraft-makers have already chosen this engine for their next-generation single-aisle jets: Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C-919. As of April 2016 , the LEAP engine had already logged more than 10,500 orders and commitments. It is scheduled to enter revenue service in 2016.