July 11, 2016: 2016 to date is proving to be another strong year for CFM International, with the company booking a total of 1,660 engine orders through June, including 700 CFM56 engines (commercial, military and spares) and 960 LEAP engines (including spares). This total represents more than 100 engines compared to the same period in 2015.
Total LEAP orders have now surpassed 10,820 engines and commitments (including spares / excluding options) for all three models at a value of more than $151 billion U.S. at list price. LEAP engines power the Airbus A320neo (new engine option) family, the Boeing 737 MAX, and the COMAC C919.
“Despite some worldwide economic uncertainty, a decade of steady and significant investment from CFM parent companies coupled with lower fuel prices and good capacity management, are enabling airlines to implement their long-term fleet plans,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are honored that these airlines continue to show a preference for CFM engines.”
2016 also marks the peak production year for the CFM56 family, with the company producing 1,700 engines this year, versus 1,638 in 2015, as it begins to transition to the LEAP engine. The company will continue to build CFM56 spare engines for several years to support the in-service fleet and plans to produce spare parts for the world’s best-selling engine family until around the year 2045.
In April, the CFM began delivering LEAP-1A production engines to Airbus in anticipation of the delivery of the first A320neo aircraft to Pegasus Airlines in the coming weeks. More than 100 LEAP engines will be built in 2016.
“With a backlog of more than 13,700 engines, the biggest challenge we face over the next few years will be to produce the engines at record levels while maintaining the quality and reliability our customers expect,” said Ebanga. “The good news is that GE and Safran have been planning for this for a very long time, investing more than $1 billion U.S. to date in new and upgraded facilities that incorporate today’s most advanced manufacturing technology. We are ready.”
Final assembly of LEAP engines is being done at GE facilities in Durham, North Carolina and W. Lafayette, Indiana in the U.S and at the Safran Aircraft Engines facility in Villaroche, France.