Safran Aircraft Engines' pivotal role in the development of commercial aviation

Buyed by strong growth in both domestic and international travel, commercial aviation is developing at a record pace. Whether for business or leisure, passengers want to travel more often and at a lower cost. These demands mean that airlines have to bolster their operating efficiency. Safran Aircraft Engines is addressing these requirements, along with our planemaker partners, by offering an expanding range of innovative engines and services.

Safran Aircraft Engines offers a family of innovative aero-engines that combine performance, reliability and durability, and address all segments in the civil aviation market: business and regional, single-aisle and widebody commercial jets. According to Safran Aircraft Engines' forecasts, more than 34,000 new aircraft will be delivered in all of these segments by 2032 to meet growing demand for air transport. During this period, passenger traffic is expected to grow an average of 4.5% per year.

This historic growth in commercial aviation is occurring at the same time as a structural change in the market, with the emergence of low-cost travel options. Given these trends, all players in the air transport industry have to enhance their operational efficiency, especially by enhancing fuel consumption, cycles and maintenance, while also addressing environmental requirements.

Under these conditions, the long experience of an engine-maker like Safran Aircraft Engines, with its proven technological and industrial excellence, is an essential performance driver for our customers, spanning aircraft manufacturers, airlines and leasing firms. Safran Aircraft Engines, working alone or in partnership, develops state-of-the-art engines that meet customers' demanding requirements in every segment of the market: the CFM56® and the LEAP engine* for single-aisle commercial jets, the SaM146** for regional jets and the Silvercrest® for business jets. Safran Aircraft Engines is also a major partner to GE on several large turbofans powering long-haul widebody jets (GE90, GP7200, CF6 et GE9X).

For all of these engines we offer a full slate of innovative services and a global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network, giving operators maximum dispatch reliability and minimum operating costs throughout their engines' lifecycle.

Safran Aircraft Engines' decisions have always been guided by performance, availability, quality and reliability, factors that have forged the reputation of our products over the years – starting with the CFM56, developed in conjunction with GE. The CFM56 is the world's best-selling aircraft engine, chosen by 570 customers from around the world.

* CFM56 and LEAP are marketed by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
** The SaM146 engine is produced and supported by PowerJet, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn

State-of-the-art production facilities

At Safran Aircraft Engines, we take pride in delivering powerful, flawless and highly reliable engines on time. CFM produces over 1,500 CFM56 engines a year, including 750 rolled out directly from Safran Aircraft Engines' final assembly line in Villaroche. These state-of-the-art facilities are capable of producing up to four engines per day. To keep pace with customers' high production rates, Safran Aircraft Engines continuously invests in improvements to its production capacity and facilities. Safran Aircraft Enginesa covers the entire production cycle, from forge and foundry operations to final assembly and testing. The backbone of this immense production system is our three plants in the greater Paris area – at Gennevilliers, Evry-Corbeil and Villaroche – more than 8,000 employees. In addition, Safran Aircraft Engines counts on other production sites for parts and subassemblies, not only in France, but also in the United States, Mexico, India, China, Poland and Russia, plus a global supply chain formed by high-value-added subcontractors. Innovation is the key to Safran Aircraft Engines' corporate strategy, as reflected in our state-of-the-art production processes, such as additive manufacturing or electrochemical or water jet milling, plasma projection.

  • 570
    customers and operators worldwide
  • 2
    every two seconds,
    A CFM56*-powered aircraft takes off somewhere in the world
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