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.