CFM International (CFM) was formed as a 50/50 joint company between Snecma of France and General Electric of the United States in mid-1974. Today, CFM is the world’s leading supplier of commercial transport aircraft engines and the best example of a successful international joint venture.
Since the first engine was delivered in 1982, CFM has received orders for more than 40,000 CFM56 and LEAP engines from 550 operators worldwide, of which more than 29,000 CFM56 engines have been delivered.
In addition to the highly successful CFM56 product line, CFM is developing the LEAP engine to power the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC’s C919. To date, CFM has garnered orders for nearly 10,000 LEAP engines.
The LEAP-1A engine, which was jointly certified by the U.S. FAA and Europe’s EASA in November 2015, is on track to enter commercial service in 2016. The LEAP-1B is on track for joint certification this year and entry into service in 2017. The engine will deliver a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with significant reductions in noise and emissions signatures. All of this 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 Snecma facilities in France.
The CFM partnership agreement, originally signed in September 1974, has been extended to the year 2040.