The CFM Leadership was in Delhi re­cently, hold­ing their first press con­fer­ence, on the oc­ca­sion of the 10th An­niver­sary of the LEAP En­gine. Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s Avi­a­tion, speaks to Pres­i­dent & CEO, re­ports Neetu Dhu­lia.

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Fu­ture is with the LEAP in In­dia, run­ning a mar­ket share of 64 per cent. It is an ef­fec­tive en­gine, which an air­line can fly each day’

“In­dia is a growth mar­ket and a very suc­cess­ful one. Global fleet will dou­ble in next 20 years, mak­ing In­dia a strate­gic mar­ket for the world” said Gaël Méheust, Pres­i­dent & CEO, CFM. CFM In­ter­na­tional is a 50:50 part­ner­ship with Safran Air­craft En­gines & GE. The part­ner­ship, go­ing strong for last 40 years, has been fur­ther sealed for an­other 22 years, till 2040.

CFM56 suc­ces­sor, LEAP pro­gramme was launched in 2008 to power the new gen­er­a­tion of sin­gle-aisle air­craft. LEAP has gained the con­fi­dence of the ma­jor air­lines, it is cur­rently work­ing with Air­bus to power the A320­neo, Boe­ing for the B737 MAX and Comac for the C919. By the end of Au­gust this year (2018), LEAP re­ported a soar­ing or­der book of 16,300+ en­gines and a con­fi­dence of 72+ oper­a­tors in 5 con­ti­nents. The en­gine has been in ser­vice for 2 mil­lion flight hours.

Sup­port­ing the In­dian avi­a­tion in­dus­try growth, CFM plans to de­liver 1,000 en­gines in the coun­try in the com­ing years. These num­bers are a strong tes­ti­mony to the com­mit­ment by the CFM team. LEAP, steadily stands on three sta­ble pil­lars of com- mit­ted to “Per­for­mance, best in class as­set util­i­sa­tion and life cy­cle main­te­nance cost”, which helps them pro­vide ef­fi­cient en­gines that an air­line can fly each day. “Our en­gines are avail­able 350 days in a year, that is a high 96 per cent avail­abil­ity. Fu­ture is with the LEAP in In­dia, run­ning a mar­ket share of 64 per cent. It is an ef­fec­tive en­gine, which an air­line can fly each day’’, added Me­heust.

In In­dia, LEAP cus­tomers are on A320­neo and B737 MAX air­craft. Cur­rently four air­lines in In­dia, run on LEAP en­gines, Air In­dia A320­neo with 21 air­craft, Vis­tara A320­neo with 9, Jet Air­ways 737 MAX with 5 and SpiceJet 737 MAX oper­at­ing 1, as of Septem­ber 2018.

CFM fur­ther sup­ports the air­lin­ers with a train­ing cen­ter in Hy­der­abad, in­au­gu­rated in 2010. This fa­cil­ity is ded­i­cated to CFM56 and LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B. The cen­ter pro­vides ad­vanced hands-on courses in line main­te­nance and borescope in­spec­tion for CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B en­gines. 500 en­gi­neers are trained at this cen­ter an­nu­ally.


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