|Olivier Andriès (CEO)|
|€8.1 billion (2016)|
Number of employees
Safran Aircraft Engines (previously Snecma) is a French aerospace engine manufacturer headquartered in Courcouronnes, France. It is among the top suppliers in the industry, with end-to-end expertise from design to production of high-performance aircraft engines for commercial and military aircraft as well as rocket engines for launch vehicles and satellites. It also offers a complete range of engine support services to airlines, armed forces and other operators.
Some of its notable past developments, alone or in partnership, include the M88 for the Rafale, Olympus 593 for the Concorde, CFM56/CFM-LEAP for single-aisle airliners, and the Vulcain engines for the Ariane 5.
It has 15,700 employees working at 35 production sites, offices, and MRO facilities worldwide. It plows a significant portion of its sales back into research and development, filing an average of nearly 500 patents each year.
Safran Aircraft Engines is a subsidiary of Safran.
The European Commission launched in 2008 an open rotor demonstration led by Safran within the Clean Sky program with 65 million euros funding over eight years : a demonstrator was assembled in 2015, and ground tested in May 2017 on its open-air test rig in Istres, aiming to reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions by 30% compared with current CFM56 turbofans. With its 30:1 bypass ratio, it should deliver a 15% improvement over the CFM LEAP already at 11:1; but Airbus is more interested in the more conventional Ultra High Bypass Ratio (UHBR) turbofan at 15:1, which could be introduced from 2025, offering 5% to 10% better efficiency than the LEAP and to be tested from 2020.
The company's major commercial aircraft engine is the CFM International CFM56. Produced by a partnership between Safran Aircraft Engines and General Electric, CFM56s power more than 4,900 aircraft around the world.
Safran Aircraft Engines is also the main partner for the General Electric CF6-80 and GE90 programs. It is also involved in the high-thrust turbofan business as part of the Engine Alliance GP7000 program, which produces one of the only two engines certified to power the Airbus A380.
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