10,000 CFM56 Engines On Order Worldwide; CFMI Logs $5.5 Billion In Orders In 1996

February 3, 1997

CFM International (CFMI), a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran Group) of France and General Electric of the United States, is the world's largest aircraft engine manufacturer. Since 1979, the company has received firm purchase orders for 10,045 engines from 216 customers worldwide.

1996 proved to be CFMI's most successful year ever as the company logged orders for 1,280 CFM56 engines at a value of $5.5 billion. These engine orders, which are more than double those received in 1995, represent 61 percent of all orders placed last year. Overall, CFM56 engines have been ordered to power 40 percent of all commercial aircraft with a capacity of 100 passengers or more, including aircraft for which these engines are not offered.

"Our airline customers have brought about an impressive turn in the market," said Grard Laviec, CFM International's president and CEO. "As a result, they have positioned themselves well for continued growth, and we're gratified that our product will be such an integral part of this growth."

Some of the larger orders CFMI received in 1996 include:

The CFM56-5 has been chosen to power 60 percent of the Airbus A319/A320/A321 aircraft ordered this year. Overall, the -5 has been selected for about two-thirds of the A319/A320/A321 aircraft ordered since the program was launched. The CFM56-7 is the exclusive powerplant for the new Boeing 737-600/-700/-800 series. Since its launch in 1993, the Next-Generation 737 has become the fastest-selling engine/aircraft combination in aviation history. Announced orders currently stand at 507 aircraft.

Due to the flood of new orders in recent years, the CFM56 engine production rate will more than double to nearly 930 engines in 1998, compared to the 443 engines produced in 1996. With 8,000 CFM56 engines in service, a CFM56-powered aircraft takes off every 7 seconds. Overall, the company has received orders and commitments for more than 12,000 engines valued at more than $50 billion.

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