LEAP Engine Reaches Order Milestone

CFM International booked 2,154 aircraft engine orders in 2015, including 1,418 for its LEAP version which took total orders for the engine above the 10,000 mark.

CFM International booked 2,154 aircraft engine orders in 2015, including 1,418 for its LEAP version which took total orders for the engine above the 10,000 mark.

The GE Aviation and Snecma joint venture revealed on Monday (February 8) that last year’s order total also consisted of 736 CMF56 engines, with its combined order backlog now in excess of 13,000 engines.

CFM said this year it will begin LEAP engine production for around 140 engines, with plans to upgrade the rate to more than 2,000 units annually by 2020.

CFM also confirmed that so far in 2016, it has received nearly 600 engine orders.

Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM, said that the engine manufacturer’s biggest challenge lies in meeting its engine backlog and that its recent $1bn investment in facility upgrades will help achieve this.

 

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