CFM order backlog continues strong growth in 2015
- CFM56 remains popular choice
- Production continues at historic highs
LE BOURGET - 15 June 2015 - Following a record year in 2014 when the company logged orders for 4,244 CFM56 and LEAP engine, CFM continues to see strong demand in 2015. Through May 31, the company has logged a total of 314 CFM56 and 442 LEAP installed and spare engines.
In addition CFM56 engine production continues to ramp up to historic heights. After delivering 1,560 CFM56 engines in 2014, the company will top 1,670 CFM56 engines in 2015. Current forecasts are to produce more than 1,800 engines per year by 2020, at which time the majority of the production will be for LEAP engines.
"Last year was just exceptional," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "I am not sure we will ever top it, but we are really very pleased with where we are today. Despite unprecedented production rates, our backlog continues to grow. We are currently at more than 13,000 engines and more than 4,000 of those are the CFM56-5B and -7B models.
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"In most industries, sales of a legacy product begin to drop off as soon as a new product is announced. Nothing could be further from the truth where the CFM56 family is concerned as we continue to garner a strong order book. It is a testament to the quality and high residual value of this product."