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    2014.07.17 | | CFM signs $21.4 billion in new deals at Farnborough Air Show

    More than 7,500 total LEAP engine orders to date CFM56 engines continue to sell very well Farnborough, England, July 17, 2014 - CFM International’s industry-leading LEAP and CFM56 product lines remain the engines of choice for single-aisle aircraft, with the company signing orders, commitments, and long-term service agreements for a total of 1,062 engines at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show. Highlights of the week include: easyJet selected the LEAP-1A engine to power 100 Airbus A32neo family aircraft and the CFM56-5B engine to power 35 A320ceo aircraft; American Airlines selected the LEAP-1A engine to power 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft; 9 Air, the new low-cost arm of Juneyao, finalized an order for LEAP-1B and CFM56-7B engines to power Boeing 737 MAX and Next-Generation aircraft, respectively, along with a long-term services agreement; Monarch Airlines announced a commitment to purchase LEAP-1B engines to power 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, along with a long-term service agreement; Hainan Airlines announced a commitment to purchase LEAP-1B engines for power 50 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes; Interjet selected the LEAP-1A to power 40 Airbus A320neo aircraft along with a long-term service agreement; The total also includes a LEAP engine order and service agreement for from an as-yet undisclosed customer. "What an incredible week,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We started the show predicting that 2014 would be another record year; that prediction came true in a big way. As of today, we have total orders and commitments for more than 3,000 engines. And it is still only July. Both the LEAP and CFM56 product lines continue to prove their worth to our airline customers around the globe and we are constantly gratified by the continued faith these airlines show in our people and our products. As always, our job is to continue to earn their trust every day, delivering the reliability and operating economics they have come to depend on from CFM.” CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, is the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 26,600 engines to date.
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    2014.07.16 | | Messier-Bugatti-Dowty celebrates installation of its first landing gears on the Airbus A320neo

    Toulouse, France, July 16, 2014 - Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) celebrated today the recent installation of the first set of flight-test instrumented landing gears for the Airbus A320neo program – on which the first aircraft rolled-out from Airbus’ final assembly facilities in Toulouse on July 1st. The official A320neo landing gear handover ceremony took place today in Toulouse, hosted by Klaus Roewe, Airbus Senior Vice President, A320neo program, and Gilles Bouctot, Chief Operating Officer and head of the landing gear division of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Incumbent landing gear supplier for the A320 family, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was selected in 2011 to supply modified landing gears for current A320 family aircraft that would also support the transition to the A320neo program without further modification. Over the past three years, development and manufacturing teams have introduced enhancements to the current gears which meet new efficiency targets whilst maintaining the proven in-service performance record of the A320 landing gear. These evolutions include a reinforcement of the landing gear structure to accommodate the increased design loads of the NEO aircraft. In addition, the gears include a wider use of anti-corrosion and protective coatings, which contribute to the target of achieving an extended service interval of 12 years between overhauls, a 20% increase over current single aisle TBOs. During the ceremony Gilles Bouctot stated, “Today we celebrate not only the first A320neo landing gear shipset, but also the 6,243rd delivery for the Airbus single aisle program, building on 30 years of partnership with Airbus. We have worked closely with Airbus to deliver an enhanced product which combines increased cost-efficiency and reliability whilst still maintaining product commonality between existing and future Airbus single aisle fleets. Today both A320ceo and A320neo operators will benefit from the latest performance improvements.” Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s worldwide industrial network based in France, the UK, Mexico, Canada and China currently delivers 42 shipsets per month to Airbus Final Assembly Lines in Toulouse, Hamburg, China and soon Alabama in 2015. For the A320ceo aircraft, the new landing gear will ramp up to a production rate operating at full capacity before A320neo entry into service. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also supplies wheels and carbon brakes and landing systems equipment for the A320 program. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 24,000 aircraft making over 40,000 landings every day. The company employs 7,000 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.
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    2014.07.16 | | 9 Air places $3.7 billion CFM engine order

    Includes LEAP-1B and CFM56-7BOpted for long-term service agreement Farnborough, England, July 16, 2014 - China's 9 Air has ordered CFM International's LEAP-1B engine to power 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, in addition to CFM56-7B engines to power 20 Next-Generation 737s. CFM values the order at $3.7 billion U.S. at list price, including spare engines and a long-term service agreement. The airplane orders were previously announced. Under the terms of the Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for all 105 LEAP-1B and CFM56-7B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis. "We have had a great experience operating CFM engines in Juneyao Airlines and we look forward to strengthening this great relationship as we launch 9 Air,” said Wang Junjin, chairman of Juneyao Airlines. "We are confident in the reliability and operating economics of the CFM engines and look forward to introducing the LEAP engine into the mix. The exceptional fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs these engines bring will be critical our new low-cost operations." “We are very pleased to welcome 9 Air to the family of CFM operators," said Allen Paxson, executive vice president of CFM International. "We have had a great relationship with its parent company, Juneyao from the very beginning and we look forward to building the same kind of great relationship with 9 Air and it launches operations." The LEAP-1B, which is the sole powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX, began ground testing in June 2014 three days ahead of schedule. The engine is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in the company’s history and will encompass 60 engine builds over the next three years and will accumulate approximately 40,000 cycles before entry into service. All of 9 Air's Next-Generation 737s will be powered by the CFM56-7BE engine, the new production configuration introduced in mid-2011. CFM used advanced computer codes and three-dimensional design techniques to improve airfoils in the high- and low-pressure turbines for better engine performance. In addition, the company improved engine durability and reduced parts count to achieve lower maintenance costs. When combined with airplane improvements, the engine provides two percent better fuel efficiency and up to four percent lower maintenance costs. The foundation of the LEAP engine is heavily rooted in advanced aerodynamics, environmental, and materials technology development programs. It will provide 15 percent better fuel consumption and an equivalent reduction in 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. About 9 Air Based in Guangzhou, 9 Air is China’s newest low-cost airline and is also a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines. The new low-cost carrier plans to launch domestic services to meet growing air traffic demand in China. About CFM International LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines and has delivered more than 26,500 CFM56 engines to date.

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