Safran Aircraft Engines - A world leader in aircraft engines

The LEAP® engine was developed by Safran Aircraft Engines and GE through their joint company, CFM International, to power the next generation of single-aisle commercial jets. Combining the best technologies from the two partners, LEAP offers operators exceptional performance while retaining the legendary reliability of the CFM56®. These capabilities have already made the engine a best seller, even before it has entered revenue service.

Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops, produces and supports, alone or in partnership, engines for commercial and military aircraft and satellites. The company also offers airlines, armed forces and other operators a complete range of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, plus fleet management and operational enhancement services.

Commercial engines

Drawing on unrivaled technological expertise and world-class production capabilities, Safran Aircraft Engines offers a range of engines covering different segments of the civil aviation sector. For single-aisle commercial jets, the highly successful CFM56 family reflects Safran Aircraft Engines' world-renowned expertise. The CFM56 is developed, produced and sold by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. It is the most reliable aircraft engine of its generation and also the best-selling engine in the history of commercial aviation, with more than 32,500 engines already delivered. In 2008 Safran Aircraft Engines and GE extended their partnership until 2040, and expanded it to include services.

Safran Aircraft Engines and GE are now selling the LEAP, a new-generation engine that features the best technologies from its two parent companies, including latest-generation 3D Aero design, innovative composite materials and alloys, additive manufacturing and more. The LEAP has been chosen by the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919. Entering revenue service in August 2016, the LEAP engine had recorded more than 16,000 orders and commitments – making it the engine with the fastest order rate in the history of aviation.

Safran Aircraft Engines is also involved in the production of large turbofan engines for widebody jets, as a major contributor to GE on the GE90, GP7200, CF6-80 and GE9X. In the regional aircraft market, Safran Aircraft Engines produces the SaM146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet in conjunction with Russian counterpart NPO Saturn, through their equally-owned joint venture, PowerJet.

Safran Aircraft Engines has also drawn on its long experience as a commercial engine manufacturer to develop the new-generation Silvercrest® engine for super-midsize, large and long-range business jets.

Calling on its comprehensive expertise as a full-line engine manufacturer, Safran Aircraft Engines offers support services to ensure fleet dispatch reliability. Safran Aircraft Engines gives customers and other operators a complete range of responsive services, tailored to their specific needs, under the EngineLife® label. Through an international network comprising 11 major engine MRO shops and 12 world-class centers of repair excellence, Safran Aircraft Engines covers the entire engine life cycle, from entry into service to dismantling.

Military engines

Safran Aircraft Engines offers engines for different types of military aircraft, including combat aircraft (M88 for the Rafale and M53 for the Mirage 2000), training aircraft (Larzac® for the Alpha Jet) and military transport aircraft (TP400 turboprop for the Airbus A400M, through the European consortium Europrop International). Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops, produces and sells engines which power 20 different types of aircraft for the armed forces in 30 countries all over the world.

With nearly 4,700 military engines in service, Safran Aircraft Engines clearly demonstrates its technological expertise and competitive advantages. In particular, it calls on 60 years of experience in the design, production and support of military jet engines.

Propulsion systems and equipment for satellites

Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines is the leading European producer of plasma propulsion systems for satellites, in particular the PPS®1350 and PPS®5000 thruster families.

Safran Aircraft Engines now counts over 35 production and maintenance facilities worldwide, with more than 15,000 employees. Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's most innovative companies, filing for more than 450 patents a year.

Safran Aircraft Engines at a glance

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