CFM International recorded a record year in 2011, logging orders for 1,500 commercial, military and spare CFM56 engines and commitments for 3,056 Leap engines for a combined value of $51.7 billion at list prices.
After low-cost, start-up airline Flydubai placed a nearly $4 billion order for Boeing 737-800s at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow, just as the global recession reared its ugly head, I penned a column questioning whether this and other blockbuster orders would ever come to fruition.
Lufthansa has chosen CFM56-5Bs to power four new Airbus A320s on firm order, CFM International announced at the Dubai Air Show yesterday. The announcement comes just a day after CFM revealed a $2 billion order from Republic Airways of the U.S. covering Leap-1A engines to power 20 A319neos and 60 A320neos.
CFM International is ramping up the production of its CFM56 turbofan engines, driven by a record backlog and helped by new production methods. In 2010, the GE-Snecma joint venture signed 1,584 orders, and its current backlog now stands at a record 7,000-plus engines.
CFM International is busy developing the Boeing 737 MAX’s version of its Leap turbofan and is zeroing in on specifications. Critically, the Leap-1B will have a fan diameter somewhere between the current CFM56-7’s 61 inches and the Leap-1A’s (for the Airbus A320neo) 78 inches.
The announcement of the new joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney was hardly a statement of marriage, but the vows made by the two aero-engine giants on October 12 nevertheless marked the securing of their long-term future in the huge market for mid-sized aero-engines up to 2030.
More details finally emerged about Boeing’s plans for the 737 MAX during a review of the third quarter by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at the November 3 Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.
Boeing has sold 205 BBJs based on all of its aircraft models and that includes its two newest widebodies: the 787 twinjet and the 747-8 Intercontinental, the latest iteration of its iconic jumbo quad jet. Twin-aisle jets now represent the majority of the BBJ backlog. VVIP customers have ordered nine of the $318 million (green) 747s and 12 of the $185 million 787s.
Esterline CMC Electronics is featuring the latest version of its SmartDeck avionics suite as well as an array of its PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) products.
Calgary, Alberta-based Flyht (Booth No. C11546) provided an update at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on its next-generation automated flight information reporting system, the Afirs 228, which was tested in May on a Hawker 750.