Will Be The Sole Engine Provider For Chinese Large
CFM International - the 50/50
venture between GE and Safran Group - has been selected to power
China's newest commercial aircraft in development, the C919. GE
made the announcement Monday.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the developer
and manufacturer of the C919, selected CFM as the sole Western jet
engine to launch China's new single-aisle aircraft. COMAC forecasts
a potential market of more than 2,000 aircraft over 20 years once
the C919 enters airline service.
"We expect that China will become
the largest commercial aviation market in the world over the next
two decades and it's exciting for GE to be part of that growth,"
said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Company.
"This historic decision by COMAC will result in decades of
collaboration - and is a true testament to innovation and
technology that the CFM partnership delivers to the
CFM has developed jet engines for more than 35 years, and has
delivered more than 20,000 engines. CFM engines power single-aisle
aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, and the company will now develop
its first engine to incorporate next-generation technologies by
launching the LEAP-X1C engine for the C919 single-aisle
"In 2008, GE and Safran Group extended the CFM joint venture
through 2040 to provide confidence that customers could count on
CFM today, tomorrow, and for the future generation of airplanes,"
said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation. "We are very
pleased in COMAC's confidence in CFM to deliver the most advanced
engine from the strongest jet engine partnership in aviation."
COMAC selected a complete Integrated Propulsion System (IPS)
for the C919 from GE and Safran. CFM will provide the engines, and,
Nexcelle will provide the nacelle and thrust reverser. Nexcelle is
a 50/50 joint venture between GE's Middle River Aircraft Systems
and Safran Group's Aircelle.
GE Aviation has continued to expand its support of aviation in
China over the past few years. GE is already collaborating with
COMAC on its new ARJ21 regional jet, which is powered by GE's CF34
engine. More than 1,000 airliners in China operate with GE or CFM