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    2014.09.08 | | Ryanair to purchase 200 CFM LEAP-1B engines at a value of more than $2.6B

    Expands CFM-powered fleet to more than 1,000 engines New York, New York, September 8, 2014 – Ryanair today announced its commitment to purchase 200 LEAP-1B engines to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200. Boeing formally launched the airplane, a variant of the MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 passengers, today with this order. Once finalized, the firm engine order is valued at more than $2.6 billion U.S. at list price. Ryanair also has options to purchase an additional 100 LEAP-1B-powered 737 MAX 200 airplanes. "The CFM-powered Boeing 737 has always been a winning combination," said Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair. "The reliability of the CFM56 engines already in our fleet has helped us sustain profitable growth in the past. We look to this new LEAP engine to do even better." "The LEAP-1B-powered MAX 200 is going to be a great engine/airplane combination and we believe it will bring tremendous value to our customers," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "The major improvement in fuel efficiency, coupled with CFM’s legendary reliability, will fit seamlessly into Ryanair’s very successful business model and should prove to be a real asset to their operations." "Ryanair is one of our oldest customers, as well as one of our biggest," said Gael Meheust, vice president of sales for CFM parent company Snecma (Safran). "We are really looking forward to working closely with the Ryanair team to introduce this new engine into its fleet." Ryanair first became a CFM customer in 1998 with an order for 28 CFM56-7-powered 737s and today operates a fleet of more than 300 Next-Generation 737-800s, representing the largest fleet of CFM-powered Boeing airplanes and the largest CFM56-7B-powered Boeing Next-Generation 737 fleet in Europe. Today’s order will expand the airline’s CFM engines fleet to more than 1,000. The airline operates more than 1,600 flights daily from 68 bases connecting 186 destinations in 30 countries. The LEAP-1B engines powering Ryanair’s 737 MAX 200 aircraft represent the new state-of-the-art in engine technology. The foundation of the LEAP engine is heavily rooted in advanced aerodynamics, environmental, and materials technology development programs. It will provide double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise and emissions. All this technology brings with it CFM’s legendary reliability and low maintenance costs. The first full LEAP-1B engine began ground testing in July 2014, three days ahead of schedule, as part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM’s history. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Boeing, as well as Airbus and COMAC. Over the next three years, these engines will accumulate approximately 40,000 engine cycles leading up to entry into service. By the time this engine enters service, CFM will have simulated more than 15 years of airline service with 60 different engine builds. CFM has been the sole engine supplier for all Boeing 737 aircraft models since 1981. In 2011, Boeing selected the LEAP-1B as the sole powerplant for its new 737 MAX. To date, a total of 4,478 LEAP-1B engines have been ordered to date to power 2,239 the MAX aircraft family.
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    2014.09.08 | | Sagem showcases 25 years of drone innovation at the UAV Show Europe 2014

    Bordeaux-Mérignac, UAV Show Europe 2014, September 8, 2014 - At the UAV Show Europe 2014 at the Bordeaux Mérignac airport, from September 9 to 11, Sagem (Safran) is showcasing its latest developments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), for both civil and military applications, in France and abroad. Sagem was named chairman of a "civil drone" road map initiative in June 2014, under the auspices of the French Ministry of the Economy, within the scope of a program involving 34 "New France Industry" projects. The project led by Sagem aims to structure and develop the national industry for civilian drones, by calling on several agencies of public policy: economy ministry, transport ministry (civil aviation agency DGAC), competitiveness clusters (Pégase, Aerospace Valley), and the public investment bank. This policy will support a broad network of innovative small and medium sized enterprises in this booming sector, with support from the French civilian drones trade association, FDPC. Sagem will bring to the table its long experience as a manufacturer of drone systems, along with its leading position in the civil aviation sector, including the production of safety-critical guidance and flight control systems, plus special-mission equipment. It has also worked for many years on the integration of drones in civil airspace, and certification and regulatory issues. The overall aim is to allow higher-performance, more autonomous drones to meet emerging requirements in agriculture, network monitoring, environmental protection, etc. while also satisfying safety needs. Sagem is a prime contractor for military UAV systems. At UAV Show Europe, it will be displaying the Patroller long-endurance tactical drone system, along with drone solutions for infantry soldiers and special forces. The Patroller can be used for both homeland security and all types of military missions. Featuring a modular design, it incorporates a high-performance, multi-sensor payload, mounted in the fuselage or a wing pods (including optronics, radar and electronic warfare equipment). It can fly over 20 hours at a stretch, at altitudes up to 20,000 ft. Sagem's expertise in this field is based on solid R&D and production capabilities in France: greater Paris area (R&D), Fougères (electronics cards), Dijon (optronic sensors), Poitiers (infrared cameras), Montluçon (integration, ground stations, avionics and navigation equipment). Over the last 25 years Sagem has produced over 150 Sperwer tactical drones, and provides front-line support for the systems deployed by the French army. (1) The Patroller drone is in the static display area at the UAV Show Europe. Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
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    2014.09.08 | | Snecma’s fifth Vinci® engine, for new versions of Ariane, successfully completes development tests

    Vernon, September 8, 2014 – The fifth development model (M5) of the Vinci® rocket engine designed by Snecma (Safran), has successfully completed its ground firing tests. Vinci® is a new-generation cryogenic rocket engine – fueled by liquid hydrogen and oxygen – intended for the upper stages of the upcoming Ariane 5 ME and Ariane 6 launch vehicles. It can be restarted in flight, and develops three times more thrust than the HM7B engine now powering the upper stage of the current Ariane 5 ECA launcher. The Vinci engine is being developed by Snecma (Safran) as prime contractor, leading a team of European partners within the scope of the European Space Agency's development programs for the Ariane 5 ME (Midlife Evolution) and Ariane 6 launchers. Airbus Defence and Space is the industrial prime contractor for the development of these launchers. The Vinci® M5 engine is fitted with subsystems very close to flight configuration, most of them to the last development standard. From September 2013 to August 2014, the M5 model underwent 16 firing tests totaling 5,987 seconds, or six times its operating time during an Ariane mission. It features a new igniter configuration, which passed its tests with flying colors; some tests involved up to four consecutive firing sequences. The tests of the Vinci M5 development engine were carried out at the Lampoldshausen facility of German space agency DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), on the P4.1 test rig, which duplicates the vacuum conditions of space. The complete analysis of the rich lode of data from these tests, along with the evaluation of the hardware, set to start now, will enable the configuration to be frozen for qualification engines, set for a critical design review (CDR) in November 2014. "The dynamic and firing tests of the fifth Vinci development model enabled us to confirm the engine's maturity and endurance, as well as its expected performance using subsystem configurations very close to flight models," said David Quancard, head of Snecma's Space Engines division. "The development of Vinci is continuing, in line with the technical and schedule objectives set by the European Space Agency, in particular engine qualification in early 2017." Including this latest series of tests, Vinci engines have now logged over 21,500 seconds of firing tests. The next step will be tests of the M6 and M7 development engines, targeting subsystem qualification. These tests will kick off in 2015 on the PF52 test rig at Snecma's Vernon plant, and on the DLR's P4.1 test rig in Lampoldshausen, respectively. The following year will see two series of engine qualification tests, conducted concurrently on these two rigs. Snecma is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP*. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world.

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