Safran to partner GE on new engine for the Boeing 777X
Paris, July 10, 2014
GE officially announced today the participation of two Safran companies, Snecma and Techspace Aero, in the GE9X engine selected by Boeing as the exclusive powerplant on its new 777X long-range, twin-engine widebody jetliner.
Safran will have a total stake in this new engine program of slightly more than 11%.
Snecma will produce the composite fan blades via CFAN, its 50/50 joint company with GE, as well as design and produce the turbine rear frame and the forward fan case. The fan case will be using 3D woven composite technology, the innovative, high-value-added technology which will benefit from developments for the composite parts on the new CFM's LEAP engine*.
Techspace Aero will be in charge of the low pressure compressor global integration and the fan disk manufacturing. With its selection on the GE9X program, Techspace Aero, already the world's leading supplier of low-pressure compressors for single-aisle jets, will also become a leader in the long-range widebody market segment. Starting in 2020, this program will account for about 15% of the company's total production volume.
"Safran and GE are already partners on several very successful engines, including their emblematic joint company CFM* International," said Marc Ventre, Safran Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations. "Safran's stake in the GE9X engine bolsters our partnership with GE on large turbofans, carrying on our collaboration on the very successful GE90 and GEnx."
"The GE9X engine has been well received by customers with orders for more than 600 engines since it was selected to power Boeing's 777X aircraft last year. We are excited Safran's Snecma and TechspaceAero are adding their advanced technologies to make the GE9X engine one of the most advanced powerplants in its class," said Bill Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation's Commercial Engine Operation.
The GE9X will be the exclusive engine on the upgraded Boeing 777X, offering 10% lower specific fuel consumption than the latest GE90 powering the 777.
* CFM is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,300 employees and generated sales of 14.7 billion euros in 2013*. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
* Sales in 2013 restated for the impacts of IFRS11 amounted to 14.4 billion euros
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