On November 20, 2015, both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and its American counterpart FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certified the LEAP-1A engine from CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. This dual certification paves the way for the engine’s entry into revenue service in 2016 on the Airbus A320neo. The LEAP-1A is the first of three versions of this engine to be certified.
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The LEAP program was very busy indeed in 2015, and by the end of the year this new engine had recorded nearly 10,000 orders and commitments.
The LEAP-1A-powered Airbus A320neo made its first flight in May, and the engine received dual European/US certification from AESA/FAA in November. The engine’s nacelle is also on track for certification. Both engine and nacelle confirmed their reliability during the extensive flight test program for this aircraft.
Last year was equally intense for the LEAP-1B variant, with delivery of the first engines to Boeing and the rollout of the new 737 MAX at the end of the year.
Also rolled out last year was the Comac C919 from China, with the LEAP-1C as the sole Western engine powering this new commercial jet. Safran delivered the first complete propulsion system to Comac for the C919, comprising the engine and nacelle.
Safran is now fully prepared to handle the ramp-up in production of all three versions of the LEAP engine.
LEAP: the best-selling aircraft engine under development in history
LAUNCH OF LEAP PROGRAM, for an engine that will power
the new generation of single-aisle commercial jets: Airbus A320neo,
Boeing 737 MAX, Comac C919.
SELECTION OF LEAP-1C
to power the Comac C919.
SELECTION OF LEAP-1A
to power the Airbus A320neo.
First business win for the LEAP engine, with a $1.4 BILLION ORDER from Virgin America for its Airbus A320neo fleet.
SELECTION OF LEAP-1B
to power the Boeing 737 MAX.
FIRST GROUND TEST OF LEAP-1A
kicks off the ground testing programs for the LEAP-1A
and -1C, two days ahead of schedule.
FIRST GROUND TEST OF LEAP-1B
kicks off the ground testing program, three days
ahead of schedule.
of Airbus A320neo powered
by LEAP-1A engines.
of LEAP-1A by EASA and FAA.
ROLLOUT of LEAP-1C-powered
Comac C919 and LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX.
and commitments for LEAP engine.
A plane lands every 2 seconds somewhere in the world – on Safran!
A number of airlines chose wheels and carbon brakes from Safran in 2015, including Vueling for its future Airbus A320ceo planes, and Xiamen Airlines for 142 Boeing 737 Next-Generation twinjets. Vietnam Airlines opted for our wheels and electric brakes on 11 Boeing 787-9 widebody twins.
In the MRO market, Vueling chose Safran to provide maintenance services for its current and future Airbus A320ceo planes, while Iberia signed a contract for the general overhaul of its A320 landing gear. The Group already provided maintenance services for the landing gear on Iberia’s Airbus A340-600s and British Airways’ A320s. Both of these carriers are part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), and Safran is now the sole service provider for the landing gear on the group’s A320s.
Safran was also chosen by AVIC of China to support the design and qualification of the braking system on its new MA 700 regional turboprop.
Safran wheels and carbon brakes for the Airbus A350 XWB
October 9, 2015
Entry into service of the first Airbus A350 XWB, featuring wheels and carbon brakes from Safran.
Towards more electric aircraft
Safran won two new contracts concerning aircraft electrical equipment in 2015. In April, Airbus chose the Group to design and build wiring harnesses for the fuselage (except the nose) of the Beluga XL, its new transporter that is scheduled to make its first flight in 2018.
Safran also signed a long-term agreement with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. to supply and support power generation systems on the Pilatus Porter PC-6, PC-7 MkII, PC-9M, PC-12NG and PC-21. This contract mainly covers starter-generators and generator control units, which also feature self-protection and problem detection functions.
Safran powers the latest model from Airbus Helicopters
Safran new Arrano turboshaft engine for helicopters in the 4 to 6 ton class was chosen by Airbus Helicopters as the exclusive powerplant on its new H160.
Arrius 2R helicopter engine certified
The Arrius 2R turboshaft engine for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter was certified by EASA in December 2015.
Building on the long track record of the Arrius family, with some 7 million flight-hours to date, the new 2R version will offer unrivaled maturity right from service entry.
The Arrius 2R is a 500-shaft horsepower (shp) class engine, featuring a dual-channel FADEC (full authority digital engine control) for improved operating safety and reduced pilot workload. It’s the only engine in this power class with a dual-channel FADEC.
The first production-standard Arrius 2R was delivered to Bell Helicopter in August 2015, right on schedule.
Read the story “Life-Saving Helicopters” on our website.
Creation of Aero Gearbox International
In 2015 Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce announced the creation of an equally-owned subsidiary, Aero Gearbox International, along with the construction of a plant in Poland.
Their announcement followed the signature in 2014 of a definitive agreement concerning the creation of a joint venture specialized in the design, development, production and support of accessory drive trains (ADT) for all future Rolls-Royce engines.
Created within the scope of an initial 25-year exclusive contract, Aero Gearbox International covers the complete range of engines for civil aircraft, from business jets to widebody commercial jets.
Its first product is the accessory drivetrain for the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, which will power the Airbus A330neo.
2015 first flights and rollouts: Safran’s role
Safran illuminates the sky!
In June 2015 Safran unveiled an innovative solution to display liveries, logos, ads and corporate messages on airplanes, using electroluminescent stickers and demonstrated in flight on an Airbus A380 nacelle. Designed for both mainline and business jets, these markings are easy to change and can be placed on nearly all parts of the aircraft. They greatly enhance airline visibility, and can be used for marketing, event sponsorship and many other purposes.
SkyNaute, a new family of aircraft navigation systems
Safran introduced its new-generation SkyNaute family of navigation systems for all types of aircraft – mainline and business jets, helicopters, drones – at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
Based on a proprietary technology, hemispherical resonating gyros (HRG), SkyNaute navigation systems combine high reliability with reduced cost of ownership, all in a compact package.
SkyNaute delivers performance that addresses the exact needs of the civil aviation sector, offering an advantageous alternative to previous-generation inertial navigation systems.
A world first for ceramic matrix composites
The ceramic matrix composite (CMC) exhaust cone designed, built and tested by Safran was used for the first time during a commercial flight on June 16, 2015, on an Air France Airbus A320 powered by CFM56-5B engines. This marked the first use of a CMC part on a commercial aircraft in revenue service.
The cone was installed with the objective of logging over 5,000 hours in flight during an 18 month period. It passed the milestone of 1,000 hours in October 2015. Safran has clearly confirmed its ability to develop ceramic matrix composites that meet the requirements of both current and future aircraft.
Construction starts on a new test rig
September 2015: construction starts on a new world-class test rig in Istres, southern France. It will be up and running in May 2016, and will be used in particular for tests of the open rotor demonstrator, an engine featuring twin counter-rotating, non-shrouded fans for greatly enhanced fuel efficiency.
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