CFM International (CFM) was formed as a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines in 1974. Today, CFM is the world’s leading supplier of commercial transport aircraft engines.
Since the first engines were delivered in 1982, CFM has received orders for more than 42,000 CFM56 and LEAP engines from 570 operators worldwide and has delivered more than 32,300 CFM56 engines.
The company has also introduced the advanced LEAP engine to power the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC’s C919. CFM has garnered orders for more than 15,250 LEAP engines.
The first LEAP-1A-powered Airbus A320neo entered service in August 2016; more than 200 aircraft have been delivered to 26 airlines worldwide through June 2018. The first LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft entered service in May 2017 and there are more than 145 aircraft in operation with 31 airlines. The engine is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with significant reductions in noise and emissions levels while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability and overall cost of ownership.
The agreement that established CFM calls for the two parent companies to share everything equally, from design and development to production and support. Final engine assembly is performed both at GE facilities in the U.S. and Safran Aircraft Engines facilities in France.