Former Powerjet chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of CFM International, the GE-Snecma joint venture announced today. Ebanga replaces Eric Bachelet, who had served as CFM president and CEO since September 2005. Bachelet has accepted the position of Safran executive vice president of research and technology.
Snecma and Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) signed an agreement for Snecma to provide full service support for the CFM International CFM56-5B turbofans that power the Airbus Corporate Jetliner series. Snecma builds the CFM56 engines in a 50/50 joint venture with General Electric. ACJC is responsible for outfitting and support of Airbus executive aircraft.
In early 2007, Air China and CFM International agreed to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) joint venture. After three years of negotiations the two companies have cleared the final hurdle and have received Chinese government approval for the formation of Sichuan Services Aero Engines Maintenance Company (SSAMC), a 60-40 joint venture between Air China and CFM, located in Chengdu, China.
Snecma and Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) have entered into an agreement for Snecma to support the CFM International CFM56-5B turbofans that power the Airbus Corporate Jetliner series. Snecma builds the CFM56 in a 50/50 joint venture with General Electric, while ACJC is responsible for the outfitting and support of Airbus executive aircraft.
Snecma and Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) signed an agreement on November 26 for the engine manufacturer to provide full service support for the CFM International CFM56-5B turbofans that power the Airbus Corporate Jet family. Part of France's Safran group, Snecma builds the CFM56 engines in a 50/50 joint venture with U.S.
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.
The U.S. FAA and Europe’s EASA jointly certified CFM International’s new CFM56-7BE engine for the Boeing 737 family last Friday.
CFM expects the engine to begin Boeing 737 flight testing during the fourth quarter and enter service in mid-2011, in time to coincide with Boeing Next-Generation 737 airframe improvements.
China’s homegrown Comac C919 will be the first airliner in the world to fly with a truly integrated propulsion system (IPS) combining engines with nacelles for improved overall efficiency. The IPS concept is being pioneered by Nexcelle, a joint company formed last year by GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and the Safran group’s Aircelle. GE and Safran also jointly own CFM International, supplier of the C919’s Leap X1C engine.
CFM International comes to the Farnborough airshow with the first application for its new Leap-X engine under its belt and ready to offer more advanced versions to Boeing and Airbus for either new or re-engined versions of their respective single-aisle aircraft.
CFM International has completed the second phase of testing of the Leap-X core demonstrator known as eCore 1. This means that all three major elements of the first core–the turbine, the combustor and the compressor– have undergone evaluation. The results, according to Leap program director Ron Klapproth, have matched or exceeded all the company’s early projections, leaving the program on schedule for certification in late 2014.