January 1, 2015

Boom Time for Civil Engine Makers

Civil engine production-rate records are set to tumble; military makers face more uncertainty

Propelled by the extraordinary surge in demand for single-aisle aircraft, both CFM International, the General Electric-Snecma joint venture, and Pratt & Whitney are in the midst of executing on, or preparing for record years of production.  Despite its recent experience of successive years of major orders for the CFM56—the best-selling commercial jet engine of all time—even CFM appears to have been taken by surprise by continuing interest in the current generation.

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