CFM56 Engine Fleet Surpasses One Billion Engine Flight Hours

June 4, 2019

Sets a new world record

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — 4 June 2019 — On April 24, 1982, the first-ever airplane powered by CFM56 engines, a Delta Air Lines DC-8-71 powered by the CFM56-2, took to the skies. In the years after that, CFM International would go on to add seven additional engine models that, today, power more than 20 different commercial and military aircraft types for more than 600 operators across the globe.

Recently, the CFM56 fleet established a new world record by becoming the first aircraft engine family in aviation history to achieve one billion engine flight hours.

“We are obviously very proud that our engines have reached this historic milestone,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “But we only built the engines. The credit for this remarkable achievement goes to our customers who put their trust in us, operating our engines day in and day out.”

“On behalf of the CFM Team worldwide, all I can say is ‘Thanks a Billion’ to each and every one of them.”

Gaël Méheust

This milestone also represents the fastest accumulation on hours ever; the fleet reached 500 million hours in November 2010 and more than doubled that total in just over eight years.

To help put this achievement into perspective …

Since the first engines were delivered some 37 years ago, CFM has established a reputation for world-class customer and product support. There are more than 250 technical service representatives on-site with airlines in more than 50 countries, and more than 40 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider facilities around the world.

CFM provides 24-hour support for Aircraft on Ground (AOG) issues, spare parts and spare engine requirements, and technical assistance, while our Technical Training facilities in the U.S., France, China and India provide comprehensive, hands-on and digital maintenance training for all engine models.



A 50/50 joint venture between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, CFM International has redefined international cooperation and helped change the course of commercial aviation since its founding in 1974. Today, CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines with a product line that sets the industry standard for efficiency, reliability, durability, and optimized cost of ownership. CFM International produces the LEAP family of engines and supports LEAP and CFM56 fleets for operators worldwide. .


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