|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.
- 1945: Snecma was formed when the French aircraft engine manufacturer Gnome & Rhône was nationalised. The name 'Snecma' was an acronym for Société nationale d'études et de construction de moteurs d'aviation (in English: 'National Society of Research and Construction of Aviation Engines').
- 1946 or 1947, the nationalized Régnier Motor Company was absorbed into Snecma and continued to produce the SNECMA Régnier 4L.
- 1961: Snecma and Bristol Siddeley formed a joint venture to produce a high-performance jet engine for the Concorde. The main body of the engine came from the Bristol Olympus, which was further improved with several refinements including the addition of the variable intakes necessary for supersonic flight.
- 1970: Messier and Snecma agreed to merge their landing gear business. The following year, Messier-Hispano was formed, which was fully acquired by Snecma in 1973. Snecma's landing gear business was further consolidated by the creation of Messier-Hispano-Bugatti (later renamed Messier-Bugatti) in 1977.
- 1974: Snecma and General Electric (GE) created a joint venture named CFM International, beginning a long term cooperation to produce the CFM56 series of turbofan engines.
- 1990: Snecma announced its partnership with General Electric to build and produce the General Electric GE90 engine.
- 1994: Messier-Dowty was formed following the merger of the landing gear businesses of Snecma (Messier) and the British TI Group (Dowty).
- 1998: Snecma took full control of Messier-Dowty.
- 1999: Snecma Services was created to consolidate all maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations (including Sochata-Snecma).
- 2000: Snecma acquired Labinal, along with its Turbomeca and Microturbo subsidiaries.
- 2001: Hurel-Hispano (now renamed and known as Safran Nacelles) was created to consolidate the group's engine nacelle and thrust reverser business.
- 2005: Snecma merged with Sagem to form Safran. Snecma was divided into two divisions of the new group (propulsion and equipment).
- 2010: Snecma and GE formed CFM Materials as a 50/50 joint venture.
- 2016: Snecma was renamed Safran Aircraft Engines as the main subsidiary of Safran.
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.
- CFM International CFM56 (50%)
- CFM International LEAP (50%)
- PowerJet SaM146 (50%)
- General Electric GE90 (23.5%)
- General Electric CF6 (10–20% share of production, depending on engine model)
- Engine Alliance GP7000 (10%)
- Snecma Silvercrest (under development)
- 5,000 shp turboprop (under study) for 70–90 seater regional airliners
- Courcouronnes: Headquarters
- Guiana Space Centre
- Le Creusot
- Melun Villaroche Aerodrome
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