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.
Tampa International Airport is the premier gateway to the treasures of Florida’s West Coast. Serving a metropolitan area of almost 3 million people and annually welcoming 19 million passengers, TPA provides access to the country’s best beaches, Florida’s ample tourism hotspots and one of the fastest-growing economies in the U.S. TPA currently offers more than 80 nonstop flights to destinations around the world including Frankfurt, Zurich, Panama City and London. TPA is one of the world’s most loved airports with a track record of recognition from the public as well as trade publications and groups.
Building on a longstanding track record of success, TPA is nearing completion largest construction project in the history of the airport. With an investment of nearly $1 billion, TPA is expanding the airport’s main terminal by 50,000 square feet, constructing a state of the art rental car facility and connecting them with a brand new 1.4 mile people mover. At the same time, TPA is adding local flavor and supporting Tampa Bay Area businesses in a complete overhaul of the airport’s concessions program.
Since opening in 1971 with a revolutionary and oft-copied design, TPA has been, and remains, America’s Favorite Airport. Today’s efforts ensure it will remain there for generations to come.
When it comes to inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC), today’s passengers expect to be constantly connected—whether by mobile phone, personal electronic device such as a laptop or tablet—to the people, places, digital entertainment and web content that keep them grounded in their daily lives. And they expect reliable, high bandwidth performance, even at 35,000 feet. Panasonic’s Global Communications Services is designed to enhance an airline passenger’s inflight experience and extend, enhance and differentiate an airline’s brand. Whether it’s used as a standalone system or easily integrated into a Panasonic world-class IFE system, the Global Communications Services enables airlines to provide personal connectivity in the skies. Our Global Communications Services can help an airline’s operations become more efficient through fast and concise collection and communication of aircraft and crew data. What’s more, its scalable broadband capabilities allow customers to add more capacity as needed.