SINGAPORE February 19, 2008 CFM International achieves record production rates in 2007, producing nearly 1,270 engines, up from 1,060 engines just one year ago. The company's previous engine production record of 1,080 engines was achieved in 1999.
CFM International (CFM) is the 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company and one of the most successful aircraft engine suppliers in aviation history.
"The continued success of the CFM56 program is phenomenal. There is a CFM56 engine coming off the production line every four hours*," said Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM International. "We are honored by the continued confidence airlines around the globe have shown in our products, selecting CFM56 engines to power more Airbus and Boeing single-aisle aircraft than any other engine in history."
CFM anticipates even higher rates in the 2008 to 2010 time frame, with levels projected to be between 1350 and 1,450 engines for each of those years.
CFM56 engines power the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321, the A318 Elite and A319CJ corporate jets and A340-200/-300 models and the Boeing Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800/-900/-900ER and BBJ airplanes.