Boeing 737 MAX 9 Awarded FAA Certification

First deliveries of the newest member of the 737 MAX family to start in the coming weeks

Seattle, February 16, 2018: Boeing announced that the 737 MAX 9 has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service. This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 2017with two Boeing flight test airplanes. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group.

The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles. With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, this airplane provides operators added capacity while maximizing profitability within their network.

The 737 MAX family is designed to offer customers exceptional performance, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that is opening up new destinations in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide. For more information please  visit www.boeing.com/commercial/737max.

Boeing’s new 737 MAX 9 has received FAA certification and is now being prepped for first delivery. Paul Weatherman photo. (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

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Airbus A321LR  Demonstrates Nonstop Paris-New York Flight

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Improved aerodynamics and efficient jet engines open new horizons for airlines and passengers

Paris, February 14, 2018: Airbus’ latest long range airliner, the A321LR, marked a new milestone with a Paris-to-New York nonstop flight. The aircraft is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines. The intercontinental flight is part of nearly 100 hours of flight tests in advance of the jetliner’s airworthiness certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018.
The LR designation is for ‘long range’ and with good reason: the A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today, able to fly 7,400 kilometers nonstop.
Its ‘long legs’ are signified by the No. 1 A321LR’s livery featuring the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty – a representation of the Paris/New York route flown yesterday from Le Bourget Airport near the French capital to the New York region’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft also is well suited for intra-regional airline segments in Asia, the United States and other markets.
The A321LR’s unrivalled efficiency – driven by aerodynamic improvements and state-of-the-art fuel-efficient turbofan jet engines – has established its popularity among airlines, with Airbus already notching more than 100 orders for the aircraft; the first customer delivery is expected in late 2018. The interior of the A321LR will be passenger-pleasing as well, with unmatched comfort from the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, comfortable seats, extra-large luggage bins and the latest in-flight-entertainment technology.
Operators can outfit the A321LR in state-of-the-art two-class configurations with full-flat seats for true long-haul comfort, or in a single-class layout capable of accommodating up to 240 passengers.
The A321LR is the next evolutionary step of Airbus’ twin-engine A321neo that has captured more than an 80 percent share in its middle-of-the-market category. Airbus expects the A321LR to continue this trend, as it offers a thoroughly modern replacement for the large number of ageing narrowbody and widebody aircraft facing retirement in the coming years.
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CFM Leap Engine Surpassed 200,000 Flight Hours

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CFM Leap Engine: 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption and emissions

West Chester, Ohio, August 2, 2017: CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine is setting new industry standards for fuel efficiency and asset utilization as the company celebrates the one-year anniversary of its entry into commercial service.

Since the first LEAP-powered commercial flight on August 2, 2016, more than 75 LEAP-powered aircraft have entered service with a total of 15 operators on four continents.  In addition to Pegasus, AirAsia, Air India, Avianca Brazil, Azul, Citilink, easyJet, Frontier, Interjet, Nova Airlines, SAS, SriLankan, Virgin America, Vistara, and WOW air have all taken delivery of at least one LEAP-powered airplane.  Overall, this fleet has logged more than 200,000 flight hours and 100,000 flight cycles.

“The LEAP engine entry into service is the most successful in our history and has been exceptional by any measure,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE (USA) and Safran Aircraft Engines (France) and the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines.  “Our customers are thrilled with the fuel efficiency the engines is providing, as well as the world-class utilization level they are achieving with this very important asset.  Aircraft powered by the LEAP engine are flying more than 95 percent of available days.  This is simply unprecedented for a new engine.”

The LEAP is providing operators a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise.  All this technology is focused on providing better utilization, including CFM’s legendary reliability out of the box; greater asset availability; enhanced time on wing margins to help keep maintenance costs low; and minimized maintenance actions, all supported by sophisticated analytics that enable CFM to provide tailored, predictive maintenance over the life of the product. For more information, please visit www.cfmaeroengines.com.

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Air Lease Corporation has just finalized its order for additional CFM International LEAP-1B engine to power 12 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, including five 737 MAX 7 and seven MAX 8 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $348 million U.S. at list price and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2022

Source: CFM International

Airbus Delivers First Ever A321neo to Virgin America

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CFM engines boost fuel efficiency by at least 15%

Hamburg, Germany, April 20, 2017: Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.

“After Virgin America having been the first customer signing for the A320neo back in December 2010, we are today delighted to deliver the first A321neo to them,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “With our largest, latest, most fuel efficient NEO Single Aisle aircraft we are turning a new page. The new A321neo powered by next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines guarantees new levels of efficiency and longer range to its operators, greater comfort to the flying public and less emissions and noise to the airport communities. Thanks to its cutting edge technologies it is today the most eco-sensitive Single Aisle aircraft available.”

The A320neo significantly reduces noise levels, generating only half the noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Equipped with fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices nitrous oxide (NOX) emissions are 50 percent below regulatory requirements as outlined by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). In addition, the aircraft with LEAP-1A engines is proven to deliver at least a 15% fuel savings compared to Virgin America’s current generation aircraft, which is equivalent to cutting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions with each plane every year.

“We have been with Virgin America from the beginning and we are excited to launch this new chapter in that relationship,” said Gael Meheust, President and CEO of CFM International. “The LEAP-1A has done extremely well in its first months of commercial service. It is proving unprecedented levels of fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility while maintaining the level of reliability Virgin America has come to expect from CFM. We think they will be very pleased with all this engine has to offer.”

The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family. It covers the entire market, from high density to long-range thin routes. There are currently over 1,300 units on order.

“We are honored to be the first operator of this high in-demand aircraft,” said Virgin America President Peter Hunt, speaking at the ceremony attended by Virgin America teammates, Executives from Airbus, CFM and the aircraft lessor GECAS. “The new A321neo – the third member of the Airbus A320 Family to join our Virgin America fleet – will allow us to further reduce our unit costs and enable us to further reduce our carbon emissions.”

“Increased operational efficiency, productivity, and state-of-the-art technology — this winning combination makes the A321neo an attractive investment for leasing companies like GECAS who are committed to meeting customers’ operational needs while providing the latest technology and a solid return on investment,” said Alec Burger, President and CEO at GECAS.  “The low operating costs and reliability of the LEAP powered A320neo Family make it a strong asset in GECAS’ portfolio.”

The new A321neo will become the largest aircraft in Virgin America’s fleet, featuring 185 seats – a 24 percent higher capacity at same comfort levels than its current A320s. The aircraft is expected to enter service on May 31, 2017 with its inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Virgin America currently operates a fleet of 63 Airbus A320 family aircraft comprised of A319ceo and A320ceo aircraft powered by CFM’s CFM56-5B engines.

As first announced in April 2016, Virgin America was acquired by Alaska Air Group in December 2016.

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Airbus A321neo With P&W Engines Receives Type Certification

EASA and FAA certification paves way for the first delivery 

Toulouse, December 15, 2016: Following a comprehensive flight test program, the A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 15th December 2016.
The documents were respectively signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Programs, Didier Evrard, and Airbus Senior Vice President A320 Family Program, Klaus Roewe.
“The A321neo allows airlines to upsize their fleets while offering a winning combination of unbeatable economics and comfort. The A321 contributes already some 40 per cent to our single aisle deliveries, and further growing,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
“Today’s certification is a rewarding tribute to all the teams who have been instrumental in making this essential milestone happen.”

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The A321neo – the largest member of the A320neo Family – successfully completed a certification program accumulating over 350 flight hours in more than 130 flights; validating its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria. The campaign also confirmed the aircraft is meeting its performance targets in terms of fuel burn and range. Offering significant environmental benefits, including a smaller noise footprint, the aircraft also demonstrated excellent low speed performance capabilities for its operators.

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The Pratt & Whitney powered aircraft is the first variant of the A321neo to have received EASA and FAA Type Certification. The A321neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines will be certified in the coming months.
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 4,800 orders from 89 customers, capturing 60 percent share of the market. 
Source: Airbus

CMCs – An Advanced Materials Revolution in Jet Propulsion

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GE Aviation investing more than $200 million to construct two new factories in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL, June 16, 2016: In a ceremony with Alabama public officials, GE Aviation broke ground on two adjacent factories to mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) for jet engines and land-based gas turbines for electric power.

The use of lightweight, heat-resistant CMCs in the hot section of GE jet engines is a breakthrough for the jet propulsion industry. CMCs comprise SiC ceramic fibers in a SiC matrix, enhanced by proprietary coatings.

With one-third the density of metal alloys, these ultra-lightweight CMCs reduce the overall engine weight. Further, their high-temperature properties greatly enhance engine performance, durability and fuel economy. CMCs are far more heat resistant than metal alloys, hence requiring less cooling air in the engine’s hot section. By using this air instead in the engine flow path, an engine runs more efficiently.

For more than 20 years, scientists at GE’s Global Research Centers and GE’s industrial businesses have worked to develop CMCs for commercial applications. The best-selling LEAP engine, being developed by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France, is the first commercial jet engine to use CMCs in the high-pressure turbine section. The LEAP engine, with more than 10,500 orders and commitments, is currently completing certification testing. It is scheduled to enter airline service next year powering the Airbus A320neo and in 2017 powering the Boeing 737 MAX.

When the factories are fully operational later this decade, they are expected to employ up to 300 people. The plants are expected to be completed by the first half of 2018. Production begins in 2018. “GE Aviation is creating a fully integrated supply chain for producing CMC components in large volume, which is unique to the United States,” said Sanjay Correa, vice president who leads the industrialization of advanced technologies at GE Aviation. “The new factories in Alabama are vital to this strategy. We are deeply gratified by the tremendous local, state, and national support for this effort.”

One plant of the Huntsville plants will produce silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic fiber. It will be the first such operation in the United States. Today, the only large-scale SiC ceramic fiber factory in the world is operated by NGS Advanced Fibers in Japan, which is a joint company of Nippon Carbon, GE, and Safran of France.

The second factory will use this SiC ceramic fiber to produce the unidirectional CMC tape necessary to fabricate CMC components.

Source: GE Aviation

Transportation Partners Selects LEAP-1A Engines

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Transportation Partners Selects LEAP-1A Engines to power 174 A320neo Aircraft

Singapore, February 17, 2016: At a special signing ceremony here today, Transportation Partners, the leasing arm of Lion Group, and CFM International announced an order for 348 LEAP-1A engines to power 174 firmly ordered Airbus A320neo aircraft. The aircraft order was announced in March 2013. The value of the installed and spare engines is US$ 4.9 billion at list price.

“This is a great extension of the partnership we have built with CFM over the past 15 years” said John Duffy, chief operating officer of Transportation Partners. “In addition to the world-class operating economics and reliability that the LEAP engine will bring to our fleet, LEAP’s strong footprint in Asia and the impressive strides it has made in North America and Europe augments well with our strategic growth objectives.”

CFM is providing project management and expert advice starting from design, construction and commissioning for Lion Group’s new engine maintenance and test cell facility, Batam Aero Technic (BAT) in Batam, Indonesia. When completed, the facility will have maintenance and overhaul capability for the CFM56 and LEAP engines in the airline’s fleet. CFM will also provide leadership and management training to the employees and affiliated companies.

“We are delighted to take this next step with Transportation Partners and further expand an already great relationship,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are excited to bring the benefits of the LEAP-1A engine to their portfolio and believe it will prove to be a great asset for them. Thousands of hours of testing have confirmed that the engine is meeting its performance specifications and that it will deliver the reliability, durability, and low maintenance costs they have come to rely on from CFM products.”

“We are thrilled that Transportation Partners has entrusted its future single-aisle fleet to the new LEAP engine” said Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing for CFM parent company GE Aviation. “This management team has done a tremendous job in putting this company in the perfect position for sustainable growth over the long term and we are honored to be part of it.”

Lion Group, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been a CFM customer since the year 2000 and its entire single aisle narrow body fleet of 642 aircraft (in service or on order) is powered by CFM engines. The airline operates CFM56-powered Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft and has orders for both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B models for the A320neo and 737 MAX, respectively.

The LEAP-1A continues its highly-successful flight test program on the A320neo, accumulating more than 1,000 engine flight hours on more than 200 flights to date. The engine is on track to enter commercial service around mid-2016.

The advanced technology that makes up the LEAP-1A engine will result in a highly reliable, fuel-efficient powerplant for the new Airbus A320neo (new engine option). The engine incorporates many industry firsts, including the 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blade and case; the one-of-a-kind debris rejection system; fourth-generation 3-D aerodynamics; the first commercial use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs); the revolutionary combustor design featuring fuel nozzles grown using additive manufacturing; and light-weight Titanium Aluminide airfoils. The lower weight and higher durability these components provide will result in a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; a 50 percent margin to new emissions regulations; a dramatically lower noise signature; CFM’s industry-leading reliability and low overall operating costs.

About CFM International: LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM is the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines and the company has delivered more than 29,000 engines to date. The LEAP engine has become the preferred choice for next-generation single-aisle aircraft with more than 10,000 orders received through January 2016. For more information concerning CFM, please visit www.cfmaeroengines.com.

About Transportation Partners and Lion Group: Transportation Partners was formed in 2012 and currently leases planes mainly to Lion Group airlines. The company, which focuses on large markets in China, Brazil, Japan and the United States, has continued to ramp up its third-party leasing business. Affiliate Company Lion Group has become Indonesia’s leading domestic carrier and the country’s largest privately-owned airline. Lion Group operates an extensive route network in Indonesia and also serves international destinations. In terms of domestic, Lion mainline and subsidiary Wings Air serve 76 destinations in Indonesia, giving the group the largest domestic network in the country. Lion Group mainline has 580 flights a day and Wings Air has 180 flights per day. Lion Group also operates in Malaysia (through its subsidiary Malindo) and Thailand (through its subsidiary Thai Lion).

Source: GE Aviation

Boeing Debuts First 737 MAX 8

Flight tests to begin in early 2016

Renton, Washington, December 8, 2015: Thousands of Boeing employees in Renton, Wash., celebrated the completion of final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8. “Today marks another in a long series of milestones that our team has achieved on time, per plan, together,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With the rollout of the new 737 MAX – the first new airplane of Boeing’s second century – our team is upholding an incredible legacy while taking the 737 to the next level of performance.”

The production-complete airplane rolled out of the Renton factory and into the paint hangar on Nov. 30, the precise date determined when the MAX development schedule was defined more than four years ago. Today the freshly painted 737 MAX 8, named the Spirit of Renton, was revealed to employees in a special teal version of the Boeing livery. After celebrations are complete, the airplane will undergo pre-flight preparation in the factory before departing for Renton Field to continue flight test readiness. The airplane is on track for first flight in early 2016.

With the second and third 737 MAX 8 flight test airplanes currently in final assembly and the fourth (and final) in sub-assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

The new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs: 8 percent per seat less than the A320neo.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 8 is the first member in Boeing’s new family of single-aisle airplanes – the 737 MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200 and MAX 9 – to begin production. The 737 MAX family has nearly 3,000 orders from 60 customers worldwide.

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Airbus A320neo: Up to 20% Fuel Burn Reduction

Joint EASA and FAA type certification paving the way to first delivery

Blagnac, France, November 24, 2015: The world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft, the A320neo, has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 24th November 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.

The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.

“This double seal of approval represents a great achievement for Airbus. It recognizes the hard work performed by all the teams at Airbus and Pratt & Whitney. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A320neo is now cleared for its first delivery and ready to offer many airlines its winning combination of unbeatable economics and outstanding cabin comfort.”

The A320neo successfully completed a rigorous program of certification which tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria.

The three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in some 350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.

The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the NEO Family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM engines will be certified in the coming months, the A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will follow.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. Launched on 1st December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP 1A engines. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

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CFM LEAP-1A Achieves Joint EASA / FAA Certification

Cologne, Germany/Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 2015: CFM is unique in that it is the only engine manufacturer to gain dual original certification from both agencies, EASA and FAA, rather one lead agency issuing a type certification and the second agency validating that certification. This reflects CFM’s dual design and production structure which has been so successful for more than 40 years.

“It has been an incredible journey for the entire CFM Team to get the engine to this point,” said Francois Bastin, executive vice president of CFM International. “It is truly an achievement which involved our engineering, supply chain, and test teams, as well as EASA and the FAA. The LEAP engine includes many industry first technologies and the agencies have worked with us from the beginning to validate the certification plan for these advancements.”

The LEAP-1A flew for the first time on the Airbus A320neo on May 19, 2015. A second aircraft added to the test program in September and, to date, the two airplanes have logged a combined total of more than 140 flights and 360 hours of flight testing.

“We are very pleased with the way all of the LEAP engine models have been performing during the test programs,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president for CFM. “The LEAP-1A is doing extremely well in flight tests on the A320neo; the reliability we designed for this engine is definitely there. We are very confident that the LEAP engine family will deliver on every commitment we have made to our customers.”

The LEAP development and certification effort is the most extensive in CFM history. A total of 34 engines have been tested to date, logging more than 6,500 hours and 13,450 cycles. Test highlights include fan blade-out; bird ingestion tests, including medium, large, and flocking bird; ice slab ingestion; hail stone and hail storm ingestion; cross wind; icing; acoustics; emissions; triple-redline (maximum fan speed, maximum core speed, and maximum exhaust gas temperature) endurance test; and more than 700 hours of flight testing on modified 747 flying testbeds.

The LEAP-1A, which powers the Airbus A319neo, A320neo, and the A321neo aircraft, features some of the industry’s most advanced technology, including 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case; a unique debris rejection system; 4th generation three dimensional aerodynamic designs; the Twin-Annular, Pre-Swirl (TAPS) combustor featuring additively manufactured fuel nozzles; ceramics matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine; and titanium aluminide (Ti-Al) blades in the low-pressure turbine.

The engine will provide operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise and exhaust gaseous emissions. All this technology brings with it CFM’s legendary reliability and low maintenance costs.

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CFM’s advanced LEAP-1A engine was jointly certified the the U.S. FAA and Europe’s EASA on November 20, 2015. Copyright – Philippe Stroppa

About CFM International: The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. This engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history and the LEAP-1A had been selected to power 1,327 A320neo aircraft through October 2015. These orders represent 53 percent of the total aircraft orders for which an engine selection has been made. Overall, CFM has received orders for a total of 9,660 LEAP engines across all three models. For more information, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com.

Source: CFMI

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