CFM International expects a busy Singapore Airshow and, while not predicting a repeat of 2013’s landslide of engine orders, anticipates a new wave of business for the CFM56 and Leap.
“The campaign pipeline is full,” says CFM President Jean-Paul Ebanga. “We have a lot of them going on in the Americas, Asia and Europe and we are talking about big numbers. We are going to be very active again this year, though we are not chasing a new record.”
Although the development of the new Leap engine for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737MAX and Comac C919 has hogged the limelight in recent years, the CFM56 which it is designed to succeed has seen a resurgence of business on the back of additional orders for the current generation A320 and 737. In 2013 CFM took orders for more than 2,700 engines of which 1,216 were CFM56 and more than 1,360 were Leaps.
The order boom took the overall Leap backlog to 5,716 through the end of December, and prospects for additional growth are led by the striking expansion of single-aisle fleets in the Asia-Pacific region. “It is interesting to see almost 50% of the backlog is from Asia-Pacific. There are 2,800 Leap orders in that region and when we look at the sales pipeline a lot are related to that area. The Asia-Pacific region is becoming very critical to us” says Ebanga.
CFM delivered 1,502 CFM56 in 2013, compared to approximately 1,420 in 2012. Current plans are to reach more than 1,700 engines per year by 2019 as the company transitions from CFM56 to LEAP engine production. Due to its exclusive position on the 737 and its roughly 50% share of the A320 market, CFM has consistently built more than 1,000 engines per year since 2006.