Aug 31 2011
LE FIGARO .- Facing Pratt & Whitney is said very offensive commercially, CFM International, joint venture between Safran and GE, she due make concessions for boarding the B 737 NE?
John Paul Herteman. Of course, there was a negotiation. But ultimately, we do not change a winning team. Our relationship Boeing and customers is more than thirties. In 1983, we completed the first repowering of B 737 with CFM-56 engine for the company SouthWest. We were single engine. Our reactor brought gain Fuel Consumption 20% very strong improved reliability, factor 10 in terms rate breakdowns factor 2-3 on lifespan engine. It was a technological leap and quality.
In 1996, we completed the second repowering of B 737 with a more advanced version of the CFM-56, still single source.In total, we produced 15,000 engines to equip the B 737, the aircraft most commercialized in the world. Not surprisingly, Boeing wanted to play the card of the continuity of this success with our LEAP which also provides technological leap and quality.
What was cost Development this new engine?
He will represent the order of 1 billion euros for Safran and GE both for our partner for all three applications C919, A320 and B737 NEO NE.
Posed market B 737 BN for Safran?
Can be considered a potential 20,000 engines Leap for 3 applications over a period of 10 to 15 years.With after-sales, this represents a turnover approaching $ 100 billion over 30 years at CFM International, 50% for Safran payday loans.
This success puts the Leap into a market position as strong as the one we have today with the CFM-56 on medium haul, with nearly 60% of Airbus, Boeing 100%. Added to this is 100% of future Chinese developed by Comac C919. It's not that common to see an industrial renew a best-seller retaining all of its market positions over a period of 30 years.
The B 737 is more "short legs" than the A 320 NEO. Do you need to adapt the Leap specifically for Boeing?
Yes.The product will be suitable for the B 737 is actually smaller than the A 320 at the landing gear, as is the case with the current CFM, 50% of the parts are common, however, between Airbus and Boeing .
When will it certified?
Depending on the engine versions from mid-2015 and early 2016.
The Leap has over 1300 orders and the potential is enormous. Are you able to produce in a timely manner to accommodate your delivery commitments?
We anticipated investing to produce more. We still have tens of millions of euros to commit to follow the rate increases that will soon Airbus A 320 to 40 per month and those of Boeing. We will also need to build a new plant adapted to new technologies of composite blades.
"With a re-engined B 737, Boeing Airbus response to the NEO