CFM Celebrates 500 Millionth Engine
CFM International, the GE/Safran partnership that developed the CFM56 high-bypass turbofan, is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a record 500 million engine flight hours in service. The CFM56 powers Boeing BBJs and Airbus ACJs as well as thousands of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s and A340s. CFM International has delivered more than 21,000 engines since the first entered service in 1982. Average time on wing before a first shop visit for the CFM56 is about 30,000 hours. The record is 44,000 hours.