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Aircraft propulsion

Safran’s areas of excellence include engines for both airplanes and helicopters, along with nacelles. Our proven technological expertise has made us a preferred partner to today’s leading aircraft manufacturers. Safran is now positioned at the forefront of the transition towards a carbon-free aviation industry with the development of breakthrough technologies that will lead to ultra-efficient propulsion systems by 2035.

Ligne assemblage nacelle de l'A320neo sur le moteur LEAP-1A

Aircraft engines

Safran provides the world’s leading airframers with innovative and reliable propulsion systems. Our efforts today focus on decreasing fuel consumption and maintenance costs, while designing more eco-responsible systems. Through CFM International (the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE) we produce the LEAP® turbofan, successor to the best-selling CFM56®. The LEAP powers new-generation single-aisle commercial jets: the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919. Safran, along with its partner GE, has adopted the Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) program to develop a new generation of engines for short- and medium-haul planes. Safran aims to reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to LEAP with an engine compatible with 100% sustainable fuel or hydrogen in order to move towards carbon neutrality in 2050. We’re also a leading military aircraft engine manufacturer, supplying the whole M88 engine for the Rafale fighter, and as part of a consortium making the TP400 turboprop engine for the Airbus A400M transport aircraft

No. 1
worldwide in the production of engines for single-aisle commercial jets (in partnership with GE)
15 %
reduction in CO2 emissions with the LEAP engine
Endoscopy and inventory of Makila engine parts

Helicopter engines

Safran is the world’s leading supplier of helicopter engines, with products for all market segments: civil, public agencies (medevac, search & rescue, etc.) and military. We design, produce, sell and support a complete range of turbine engines, working with all major helicopter manufacturers worldwide: Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Leonardo, Avicopter, Sikorsky, Russian Helicopters, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Korea Aerospace Industries, etc. We also power a majority of new-generation rotorcraft, including the Airbus Helicopters H160, Bell 505, Leonardo AW189K, Avicopter AC352, Russian Helicopters Ka-62, KAI LCH/LAH, Tiger, NH90, H225M, AW101, etc.

18,200 +
helicopter turbine engines in service worldwide
out of 3 helicopter turbine engines sold worldwide is from Safran
Intégration de la nacelle du moteur LEAP-1A équipant l'A320neo sur le site de Safran Nacelles à Hambourg


Safran designs, produces and supports aircraft engine nacelles. In fact, we’re the only nacelle manufacturer in the world to supply all civil aviation segments, from regional and business jets to mainline commercial jets. Drawing on our expertise in composite materials, we make high-performance nacelles that combine silent operation, light weight and advanced aerodynamics. Safran provides nacelles for the Airbus A320neo, COMAC C919, Airbus A330neo, Gulfstream G700 and Global 7500.

nacelle components in service worldwide
airline customers for our nacelles
Lubrification unit for LEAP engine

Engine equipment

Safran offers systems and equipment for both civil and military aircraft engines. These products include mechanical power transmission systems, engine control units (in partnership with BAE Systems), lubrication, cooling and filtration equipment, and much more. Our innovative solutions have been chosen for a wide range of engines, including the CFM International LEAP and CFM56, and the Rolls-Royce Trent (500, 700, 800, XWB and 7000).

45,000 +
power transmissions, logging over 1 billion flight-hours
aircraft engine lubrication and cooling components and subassemblies in service worldwide
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