Celebrating the delivery of the 20,000th CFM56 engine
Today the delivery of the 20,000th CFM56 engine was celebrated by Safran and General Electric, which created the 50/50 joint venture for the best selling commercial aircraft engine in 1974.
Jean-Paul Herteman, Chief Executive Officer of Safran, said: “The creation of CFM International in 1974 was inspired by the symbiotic relationship between two men, Gerhard Neumann and René Ravaud, the respective heads of GE Aircraft Engines and Snecma at the time. They were able to develop a breakthrough aircraft engine. Today, we are gearing up to repeat this experience with the new Leap-X engine, by calling on new breakthrough technologies, the exceptional reliability of CFM and an unrivaled international customer support structure.”
The CFM56 engine is deployed by more than 500 airlines. A CFM56-powered airplane takes off somewhere in the world every 2.5 seconds.