CFM International remains on track with development process of the Leap series of engines that it laid out four years ago. The 50/50 partnership between General Electric and Safran subsidiary Snecma announced it has recently frozen the designs for its new Leap 1A and 1C engines destined for use on the Airbus A320neo and the Chinese Comac C919 narrowbody airliners, which are scheduled to enter service in 2016.
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The U.S. Navy and Air Force, working with the CFM International joint venture, have developed an engine modification that increases the efficiency and extends the on-wing time of CFM56-2 (F108) turbofans powering the Navy’s E-6Bs and Air Force KC-135Rs.
German airline TUIfly and CFM International have achieved a new first-run time-on-wing world record set by a CFM56-7B engine powering one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800s originally delivered in 1999. The engine logged more than 50,000 hours without a shop visit. “This record is a remarkable achievement,” said Friedrich Keppler, TUIfly managing director. “To put this in perspective it is equivalent to driving your car for 16 years with nothing more than oil changes and tune ups; or flying 20 million miles with no engine removals.”
Snecma America Engine Services (Sames) has moved into a new 162,000-sq-ft facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to provide services for the CFM56-5A and -5B engines that power the Airbus A320 series. The MRO plans to add the CFM56-7B used on the Boeing 737 NG in the near future.
A J Walter Aviation has signed a three-year consignment agreement with Arizona-based StandardAero. StandardAero benefits from AJW’s inventory of engine material and AJW benefits from StandardAero’s repair capabilities as well as its inventory.
Rick Stine, StandardAero’s senior vice president for components, told AIN AJW focuses on the CFM56, CF6, V2500 and PW4000 whereas StandardAero’s broader offering includes those engines as well as the CF34, LM6000, LM2500 and PW2000.“We also cover all military variants of these same engines types,” he said.
India-based low-cost carrier SpiceJet has selected SR Technics to provide engine repair and overhaul services on the CFM56-7Bs that power its Boeing 737-800/900ERs. Under the 10-year agreement (effective immediately), the services will be rendered at the Mubadala company’s workshops in Zurich, Switzerland.
Korean Air has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power five new Airbus A330-200s. Valued at some $200 million, the firm deal covers 10 engines.
Pratt & Whitney offers the Advantage70 as both a new engine and as an upgrade kit for existing PW4168 engines. The upgrade includes a suite of technology enhancements Pratt & Whitney can incorporate during engine overhauls, and promises a 2-percent thrust increase, more than 1-percent reduction in fuel burn, increased durability and lower maintenance costs.
Asiana Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney’s fleet management program for three of its P&W-powered Boeing 777s, the engine manufacturer announced here at the Singapore Airshow. Eagle Services Asia, Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners’ engine overhaul facility in Singapore, will be responsible for the six-year agreement, which provides for the maintenance of six PW4090 turbofans that power the aircraft.
In late 2012 CFM International plans to run the third development core, known as “eCore 3,” for the Leap engine it is developing for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 airliners. On Tuesday, the General Electric-Snecma join venture also announced it is ramping up production, after having delivered 1,354 CFM56s last year.