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Safran to partner GE on new engine for the Boeing 777X

News International-French

11 Jul 2014

The group announced the participation of two Safran companies, Snecma and Techspace Aero, in the GE9X engine selected by Boeing as the exclusive powerplant on its new 777X long-range, twin-engine widebody jetliner.

Safran will have a total stake in this new engine program of slightly more than 11%.

Snecma will produce the composite fan blades via CFAN, its 50/50 joint company with GE, as well as design and produce the turbine rear frame and the forward fan case. The fan case will be using 3D woven composite technology, the innovative, high-value-added technology which will benefit from developments for the composite parts on the new CFM’s LEAP engine (CFM is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma and GE).

Techspace Aero will be in charge of the low pressure compressor global integration and the fan disk manufacturing. With its selection on the GE9X program, Techspace Aero, already the world’s leading supplier of low-pressure compressors for single-aisle jets, will also become a leader in the long-range widebody market segment. Starting in 2020, this program will account for about 15% of the company’s total production volume.

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