CFM: The Power of Flight

CFM International (CFM) was been formed as a 50/50 joint company between Snecma of France and General Electric of the United States in mid-1974.  Today, CFM is the world’s leading supplier of commercial transport aircraft engines and the best example of a successful international joint venture. 

Since the first engine was delivered in 1982, CFM has received orders for more than 35,000 CFM56 and LEAP  engines from 530 operators worldwide, of which more than 25,000 have been delivered.  These orders represent more than 55 percent of the 100+ passenger aircraft ordered over the past decade. 

The in-service fleet, which includes nearly 11,000 commercial and military aircraft, has logged 675 million flight hours as the most reliable engines in the air.  In fact, there is a CFM-powered departure every 2.5 seconds.

 In addition to the highly successful CFM56 product line, CFM is developing the LEAP engine to power the Airbus A320neo (new engine offering), the Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC’s C919.

CFM began testing the LEAP engine in September 2013 and results to date have been outstanding.   The engine is on track to deliver on all of the aggressive goals the company laid out when it launched the program in 2008, including:  15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with significant reductions in noise and emissions signatures.  All of this while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability and overall cost of ownership. 

The agreement that established CFM calls for the two parent companies to share everything equally, from design and development to production and support.  Final engine assembly is performed both at GE facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and at Snecma facilities in Villaroche, France.

The CFM partnership agreement, originally signed in September 1974, has been extended to the year 2040. 

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