CFM International, the GE/Safran partnership that developed the CFM56 high-bypass turbofan, is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a record 500 million engine flight hours in service. The CFM56 powers Boeing BBJs and Airbus ACJs as well as thousands of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s and A340s. CFM International has delivered more than 21,000 engines since the first entered service in 1982.
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The U.S. Air Force has selected Belac to provide turbine blades for the high-pressure turbine (HPT) first stage in F108 (CFM56-3) engines that power KC-135 tankers. The FAA-approved blades are manufactured by Oldsmar, Fla.-based Belac under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations. “This is the first agreement of its kind for Belac and the U.S.
Royal Jet, a charter operator based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has awarded a new engine maintenance, repair and overhaul contract to Snecma for its CFM56-7B fleet. Snecma will provide MRO services for all CFM56-7Bs powering the operator’s Boeing Business Jets. Royal Jet operates a fleet of six BBJs. Snecma has been working with Royal Jet for eight years.
Turbofan manufacturers are developing cleaner, quieter and more environmentally friendly engines that will meet current and future regulatory requirements. That fact should come as no surprise, since they have been doing this all along as the natural byproduct of efforts to build more fuel-efficient and quieter turbofans for a market that demands nothing less.
The U.S. FAA and Europe’s EASA jointly certified CFM International’s new CFM56-7BE engine for the Boeing 737 family last Friday.
CFM expects the engine to begin Boeing 737 flight testing during the fourth quarter and enter service in mid-2011, in time to coincide with Boeing Next-Generation 737 airframe improvements.
Royal Air Maroc Picks Snecma for CFM56-7 Mx
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has chosen Snecma to maintain the CFM56-7B engines that power its Boeing 737s. The by-the-hour contract covers 36 aircraft, 26 of which RAM already operates, and runs until December 2018. Snecma Morocco Engine Services, a Snecma-RAM joint venture in Casablanca, will supply the service.
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CFM International comes to the Farnborough airshow with the first application for its new Leap-X engine under its belt and ready to offer more advanced versions to Boeing and Airbus for either new or re-engined versions of their respective single-aisle aircraft.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist SR Technics plans to build a new facility at Malta International Airport, with construction commencing soon, and to begin operating there in an existing hangar in the third quarter of this year. It hopes to benefit from lower labor costs in the region and from its location which gives the Switzerland-based group a foothold in the European Union.
GE Aircraft Engines plans to build 100 GEnx engines this year and double that number next year, as the company accelerates production to meet a demand for 700 units from now through 2013. Now flying engines on the Boeing 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, GE–as of June 1–had built 28 GEnx-2Bs for the Boeing 747-8 and some 20 for the GEnx-1Bs for the 787.