SaM 146 jet engine certified by EASA

Safran is delighted to announce that the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, has certified the SaM146 regional jet engine. Developed by the company PowerJet, an equally-owned joint venture of Snecma (Safran group) and NPO Saturn, the SaM146 will power Sukhoi's Superjet 100 regional jet. Certification of the SaM146 by Avia Register of Russia is expected in the coming weeks.

Paris, June 25, 2010

Jointly developed and produced in France and Russia, the SaM146 is a successful bilateral program between these two countries in the prestigious civil aviation sector. It also confirms the ability of Safran to team up on the development of an innovative, highly effective aircraft engine, since the performance of the SaM146 has largely met and even exceeded the expectations of the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi.

The SaM146 has finished its tests with a flourish, logging nearly 7,100 hours in all, including 3,500 hours in flight. PowerJet will now focus on the ramp-up in production and preparations for entry into revenue service.

"Certification of the SaM146 is a major milestone leading up to service entry of the Sukhoi Superjet 100," said Marc Ventre, a member of the Safran Executive Board and Executive Vice President, Aerospace Propulsion branch. "This engine combines innovation and robustness, giving aircraft manufacturers a technically sophisticated product with low maintenance costs – a considerable advantage in the very competitive regional aviation market."

The Safran group is a major partner on Sukhoi's Superjet 100: in addition to the engine, it also supplies the nacelles, thrust reversers and landing gear.

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