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Safran Aircraft Engines (Snecma)
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1945
Headquarters Courcouronnes, France
Key people
Olivier Andriès (CEO)
Products Aircraft engines
Rocket engines
7.6 billion (2015)
Number of employees
15,700 (2015)
Parent Safran

Safran Aircraft Engines (previously Snecma) is a French aerospace engine manufacturer headquartered in Courcouronnes, France. It is one of the leading companies in the world aerospace industry, with complete expertise in research, design, development, production, and marketing for all range of high-performance aircraft engines (for both commercial and military aircraft) and rocket engines (for launch vehicles and satellites). It offers a complete range of engine support services to airlines, armed forces and other operators. Safran Aircraft Engines is the main 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').
  • 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.
  • 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.


CFM International CFM56 powering several airliners.
M88 used on the Dassault Rafale.

The company's major civil 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 Airccraft 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.

Through the PowerJet partnership with NPO Saturn of Russia, Safran Aircraft Engines also produces SaM146 engines for the Sukhoi Superjet 100.


Commercial engines[edit]

Military engines[edit]

Space engines[edit]



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  3. ^ "Safran veut s'attaquer au monopole de Pratt & Whitney" (in French). 24 January 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  • Gunston, Bill (2006). World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines, 5th Edition. Phoenix Mill, Gloucestershire, England, UK: Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-4479-X. 

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