CFM marks major production milestones in 2013

  • More than 25,600 CFM56 engines delivered to date

DUBAI, U.A.E — CFM International is marking three major production milestones in 2013 with the ubiquitous CFM56 fleet: the company delivered its 25,000th CFM56 engine in May; in October, it delivered the 10,000th CFM56-7B engine for the Boeing Next-Generation 737; and in December, the 8,500th CFM56-5 engine will be delivered for Airbus programs.

"The continued success of the CFM56 program is phenomenal, but so are the people behind the product," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "In nearly 32 years of service – more than 25,000 CFM56 engines – we have never once delayed an aircraft delivery. It is an incredible record and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.

"However, we know that none of this means anything without the continued confidence airlines around the globe have shown in our products, selecting CFM56 engines to power more Airbus and Boeing single-aisle aircraft than any other engine in history. It is our greatest asset, and represents our greatest challenge. Each day, it is our job to assure each of these airlines that they have made the right choice."

CFM continues to maintain the highest production rate in the industry. The company is on track to deliver approximately 1,500 CFM56 engines each year in both 2013 and 2014. Over the next few years, it will continue to ramp CFM56 production while simultaneously transitioning to the new LEAP engine family introduced in 2008.

There is a current backlog of more than 10,000 undelivered CFM56 and LEAP engines. By 2019, CFM anticipates a production rate of 1,700 engines per year. The company will continue to build both installed and spare CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines to meet demand as it moves to full LEAP production. Based on the size of the current CFM56 commercial fleet in services (18,000 engines), CFM expects to manufacture CFM56 spare parts at least until the year 2040.

CFM56 engines power the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321, the A318 Elite and A319CJ, A320CJ, and A321CJ corporate jets and A340-200/-300 models and the Boeing Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800/-900/-900ER and BBJ airplanes. LEAP engines power the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC C919 aircraft families.

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About CFM International

CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 25,600 engines to date. The company CFM officially launched the LEAP engine, which is its first all-new centerline engine in nearly 40 years, in 2008. The LEAP engine promises to bring double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, emissions and noise, while the legendary reliability and low cost of ownership of its predecessor, the ubiquitous maintaining CFM56 engine family. In 2009 COMAC chose the LEAP-1C engine as the sole powerplant for the C919 in 2009; Airbus followed in 2010 when it selected the LEAP-1A engine as an option on the A320neo family; and in 2011, Boeing selected the LEAP-1B as the sole powerplant for its new 737 MAX.

For more information, contact:

Jamie Jewell
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Rick Kennedy
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Giulia Lecarrié
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