“Safran is committed to being a full-fledged technology partner in development of the Indian aviation industry, mainly as supplier of engines and/or equipment and support services for both airplanes and helicopters.” The company is the leading supplier of turbine engines for helicopters deployed by the Indian Armed Forces with more than 1,500 helicopter engines now in service. Safran-HAL, a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru produces CFM56 and LEAP components for CFM International. In 2010, a facility was opened near the Hyderabad airport by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran and GE, to provide maintenance training for operators of CFM56 engines. More than 500 maintenance engineers and technicians are trained in this facility every year.
In April 2017, Air India and CFM International celebrated the delivery and entry into service of the airline’s first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft. The first aircraft has the distinction of being powered by the 100th LEAP-1A production engine. Safran is also one of the leading suppliers of wheels and carbon brakes for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 commercial jetliners in service in India. The Shakti / Ardiden 1H1 engine powers the ALH Dhruv helicopter (lead image). Certified in 2009, the 1,400 shp engine was co-developed by Safran and HAL and is now built in Bangalore, under the designation, Shakti largely with Indian made components.
CFM56 engine fleet crosses One Billion engine flight hours
On 24 April 1982, the first-ever airliner powered by CFM56 engines, a Delta Air Lines DC-8-72 powered by the CFM56-2, took to the skies. After this successful stint, CFM International went on to add seven additional engine models that now empower more than 20 different commercial and military aircraft types for more than 600 operators across the globe. The company achieved a remarkable milestone in 2018 when its CFM56 engine fleet marked a one billion flight hours creating a history and making it the first aircraft engine family in aviation to achieve this mammoth goal. This milestone also represents the fastest accumulation of hours ever; the fleet reached 500 million hours in November 2010 and more than doubled that total in just over eight years. From the day of delivering the first engine, CFM has established a reputation for world-class customer and product support. There are more than 250 technical service representatives on-site with airlines in more than 50 countries, with more than 40 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider facilities around the world.