Posted on: 02 June 2016 by Mark Howells
The global CFM56 fleet – both current and retired – has become the first high bypass turbofan engine family to achieve more than 800 million engine flight hours in service.
The first CFM56 engines entered service in1982, since when the company has delivered nearly 30,000 engines to 550-plus operators around the globe. The current CFM56 fleet is logging one million flight hours every eight days and, at any given moment, there are more than 2,400 CFM56-powered aircraft in the air. At this rate, the CFM56 family will achieve one billion flight hours by the year 2020.
“We are obviously very proud of reaching this incredible milestone, but we know we could never have done it without the continued confidence of our customers around the world,” remarked Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “From the beginning, the CFM model has been simple: meet all of our commitments; continually invest in the product line; and provide world-class customer and product support. This philosophy has enabled the CFM56 product line to become the industry benchmark for reliability and low cost of ownership.”