Safran on the future Boeing 777X engine
Paris, July 10, 2014
GE announced the involvement of two Safran companies (Snecma and Techspace Aero) in the GE9X - the sole engine selected by Boeing to power its new 777X long-haul aircraft.
Through two of its companies - Snecma and Techspace Aero - Safran will be responsible for a little over 11% of the program.
Snecma is tasked with manufacturing the composite fan blades, through CFAN, its 50/50 joint venture with GE, as well as designing and manufacturing the exhaust frame and fan frame out of 3D woven composites. This innovative and high-value-added technology will benefit from the improvements to the composite parts for the LEAP engine manufactured by CFM*.
Techspace Aero has full responsibility for the GE9X engine's low-pressure compressor and manufacturing the fan disk. Through its involvement, Techspace Aero, which is already the global leader in low-pressure compressors for medium-haul aircraft, will become world leader on the long-haul aircraft market too. By 2020, the program will account for 15% of production at Techspace Aero.
"Safran and GE are partners for several very successful engine programs, including the world-famous joint company CFM International*. Safran's involvement in the GE9X program bolsters our partnership with GE for high-power engines and builds on the success of the GE90 and GEnx engines," states Marc Ventre, Deputy CEO of Operations at Safran.
"The GE9X engine was very well received by customers, as highlighted by the 600 or so orders received since it was selected to equip the B777X aircraft last year. We are very happy with the significant technological input from Snecma and Techspace Aero in creating one of the most advanced engines in its class," emphasizes Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Engines Operation at GE Aviation.
Intended to be a progression from the Boeing 777 aircraft (renamed the 777X), as a unique source, the GE9X engine will reduce consumption by 10% compared to the engine that is currently in use (GE90) and fitted to 777 aircraft.
* CFM is a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran) and GE.
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