Pratt & Whitney Canada and the French-Russian Snecma-NPO Saturn joint venture are knocking at the door of the market for regional-jet turbofan engines. The geared-fan PW800 and the more conventional SM146 are not yet fully launched programs, but development is well under way.
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Jean-Pierre Cojean, Snecma executive vice president of commercial engines and head of the Silvercrest engine program, said the engine-maker was disappointed, but not devastated, at not having clinched the contract to supply the engine for Dassault’s new Falcon super-midsize business jet to be launched in the next few months.
Despite having lost out to Rolls-Royce in the competition to power Dassault’s still-under-wraps super-midsize Falcon, Snecma is moving ahead with development its Silvercrest engine for business jets. The French manufacturer (Booth No. 824) is here exhibiting a full-size mockup of the 10,000-pound-thrust-class turbofan.
Adding to impressive sales tallies announced here this week, engine maker CFM said it landed South America’s Avianca as a customer for the CFM56B-5B engine to power 33 Airbus A319/A320s in a deal worth $500 million.
Kuwait Airways has renewed a time-and-material engine maintenance contract with Snecma Services covering the CFM56-5C engines on its Airbus A340s. Snecma Services has overhauled more than 50 CFM56-5s for the Kuwaiti flag carrier in the course of a relationship that started more than 10 years ago.
CFM International is having a bumper airshow, announcing more than $2 billion of contracts by the end of Tuesday and with more deals worth potentially another $200 million due to be signed today.
Snecma Services will provide Italian low-cost airline Wind Jet with maintenance for its CFM56 engines under an exclusive time and material contract signed before the show. The deal provides for maintenance, repair and overhaul for engines powering Wind Jets’s Airbus A320 fleet.
No aircraft flies with MTU engines, and yet MTU is involved in one third of all aircraft engine programs. MTU is the largest independent maintenance provider for aircraft engines and is associated with the production in many major engine programs. It is also leading Europe’s NEWAC research program, aiming to develop a new-technology engine-core concept.
In January, Pratt & Whitney achieved a major milestone in its campaign to become a certified supplier of spares for CFM International’s CFM56-3 turbofans when it ran the first engine test containing parts it had re-engineered and manufactured. The event marked one of the final steps toward certification and delivery of the first P&W-manufactured CFM56-3 parts to the ground-breaking service’s launch customer, United Airlines.
CFM International, the engine manufacturing joint venture between General Electric and Snecma of France, is forging ahead with a range of advanced engine studies as part of its leading edge aviation propulsion (LEAP56) program.