Drawing on unrivaled technological expertise and world-class production capabilities, Safran Aircraft Engines offers a range of engines covering different segments of the civil aviation sector. For single-aisle commercial jets, the highly successful CFM56 family reflects Safran Aircraft Engines' world-renowned expertise. The CFM56 is developed, produced and sold by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. It is the most reliable aircraft engine of its generation and also the best-selling engine in the history of commercial aviation, with over 29,000 delivered as of February 08, 2016. In 2008 Safran Aircraft Engines and GE extended their partnership until 2040, and expanded it to include services.
CFM is currently developing the new-generation engine LEAP, which incorporates the best technologies from its two parent companies, including advanced 3D Aero design, innovative alloys and composite materials, additive manufacturing and more. The LEAP family of advanced turbofans will enter service in 2016, and has already recorded more than 10,000 orders and commitments, making it the world's best-selling engine while still under development. Three versions of the LEAP have been chosen to power the new generation of single-aisle jets offered by Airbus, Boeing and Chinese planemaker Comac.
Safran Aircraft Engines is also involved in the production of large turbofan engines for widebody jets, as a major contributor to GE on the GE90, GP7200, CF6-80 and GE9X. In the regional aircraft market, Safran Aircraft Engines produces the SaM146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet in conjunction with Russian counterpart NPO Saturn, through their equally-owned joint venture, PowerJet.
Safran Aircraft Engines has also drawn on its long experience as a commercial engine manufacturer to develop the new-generation Silvercrest
Calling on its comprehensive expertise as a full-line engine manufacturer, Safran Aircraft Engines offers support services to ensure fleet dispatch reliability. Safran Aircraft Engines gives customers and other operators a complete range of responsive services, tailored to their specific needs, under the EngineLife® label. Through an international network comprising seven major engine MRO shops and 12 world-class centers of repair excellence, Safran Aircraft Engines covers the entire engine life cycle, from entry into service to dismantling.
Safran Aircraft Engines offers engines for different types of military aircraft, including combat aircraft (M88 for the Rafale and M53 for the Mirage 2000), training aircraft (Larzac® for the Alpha Jet) and military transport aircraft (TP400 turboprop for the Airbus A400M, through the European consortium Europrop International). Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops, produces and sells engines which power 20 different types of aircraft for the armed forces in 30 countries.
With nearly 5,000 military engines in service, Safran Aircraft Engines clearly demonstrates its technological expertise and competitive advantages. In particular, it calls on 60 years of experience in the design, production and support of military jet engines.
Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launchers, space vehicles and satellites. In particular, Safran Aircraft Engines is prime contractor for cryogenic propulsion systems on Europe's Ariane 5 and the planned Ariane 6 launchers, with the Vulcain®, HM7B and Vinci® engines. Safran Aircraft Engines is also the leading European producer of plasma propulsion systems for satellites, in particular the PPS®1350 and PPS®5000 thruster families.
In June 2014 Safran and Airbus Group announced the creation of a joint venture to combine their respective areas of expertise in launch vehicles.
Safran Aircraft Engines now counts over 30 production and maintenance facilities worldwide, with 14,600 employees. In 2013 Safran Aircraft Engines and its seven subsidiaries invested over 11% of total revenues in research, technology and development. Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's most innovative companies, filing for more than 450 patents a year.