Posted on: 16 June 2015 by Mark Howells
To meet the huge challenge of the rapid ramp-up in production needed to fulfil LEAP engine orders in the latter part of the decade, Snecma will build two new assembly lines dedicated to the LEAP, alongside the two existing CFM56 production lines.These pulse lines will stretch 60 metres long and 20 metres wide, with each line offering a capacity of up to 500 engines per year. They will be able to assemble all three versions of the LEAP – the LEAP-1A for the Airbus A320neo, the LEAP-1B for the Boeing 737 MAX and the LEAP-1C for the Comac C919. These two lines will be up and running in January 2017 and early 2018, allowing Snecma to assemble up to 1,000 engines a year at Villaroche – equivalent to more than four engines per day.At 31 May 2015, more than 8,900 orders and commitments had been made for new LEAP engines. A third LEAP assembly line could later be added to the first two, if deemed necessary to increase production capacity.