Safran Aircraft Engines - A world-class aircraft engine manufacturer

A maker of aircraft engines for 110 years, Safran, through its Aircraft Engines subsidiary, designs, develops, produces and markets, alone or in partnership, engines for civil and military aircraft, and for satellites. Our business is based on a clear vision of the market, unrivaled expertise, state- of-the-art production capabilities and a complete range of services for optimized engine maintenance and fleet management. Given the challenges of the fast-growing aviation market, Safran Aircraft Engines is building foundations for the future and planning ahead to meet customers’ evolving requirements by investing in new technologies and developing engines that are even friendlier to the environment.

CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, develops, produces and markets the CFM56® engine, as well as its successor, the LEAP®. In 2008, Safran Aircraft Engines and GE renewed their CFM partnership through 2040 and expanded its scope to include services. CFM International has delivered more than 31,000 engines to over 570 customers worldwide, making it the leading supplier of engines for civil aircraft. These engines mainly power the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families of single-aisle commercial jets. The CFM56® is the world's best selling engine in its class. Recognized for its unexcelled reliability and low operating and maintenance costs, the CFM56® powers some 13,400 airplanes now in service. Its successor, the LEAP®, powers the new generation of singleaisle commercial jets. The LEAP® delivers exceptional performance, while maintaining the legendary reliability of the CFM56®.

The LEAP® engine is designed, developed, produced and marketed by Safran Aircraft Engines and GE through CFM International. Three different LEAP® versions have already been selected to power the new generation of single-aisle commercial jets from the world's leading manufacturers: LEAP-1A for the Airbus A320neo, LEAP-1B for the Boeing 737 MAX, and LEAP-1C for the Comac C919. This advanced turbofan incorporates the best technologies and materials from its two parent companies, such as 4th generation 3D aero design, 3D woven composites using the RTM (resin transfer molding) process, and titanium aluminide. The result is a significant decrease in fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and noise, while maintaining the industry standard reliability of CFM engines. CFM International has already recorded over 12,300 orders and commitments for the three versions of the LEAP®.




Both operators and passengers demand aircraft availability, the key to efficient air transport. Safran Aircraft Engines offers a complete range of services, either through CFM or via our own enginelife package of services, to allow airlines to make their operations as efficient as possible and focus on their core business. We have a threepronged objective: understand, satisfy and anticipate customer expectations, around the clock and worldwide. From entry into service to dismantling, from on-wing maintenance to by-the-hour contracts that optimize operations and costs, Safran Aircraft Engines offers comprehensive services covering the engine's entire lifecycle. We also deploy a world-class international maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network. At the same time, we are developing innovative new services, based on advanced flight data analytics, as well as high-valueadded recommendations to operators.


Safran Aircraft Engines in China

The presence of Safran Aircraft Engines in China dates back to 1985 when Air China Southwest and China Eastern Yunnan took delivery of their first Boeing 737s, which were powered by CFM International*'s CFM56-3 engines. Since the creation of Safran Aircraft Engines (formerly Snecma) Representative Office in 1989 in Beijing, Safran Aircraft Engines is involved in numerous activities to support all Chinese Airlines operations.

More than 7,000 CFM engines (including CFM56, LEAP-1A, 1B, 1C) are on order and intent to order in Greater China to date. In late 2009, COMAC selected CFM's advanced LEAP-1C engine as the sole western powerplant for the new C919 single-aircraft. A strong working relationship has been developed with COMAC and currently more than 20 people, largely from Safran Aircraft Engines, are located in Shanghai on the site of COMAC to work on engine development and airplane integration.

The Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center (AEMTC), opened in Guanghan in partnership with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has trained about 15,000 mechanics from all over Asia in the maintenance and repair of CFM56 engines since opening its doors in late 1996. Safran Aircraft Engines has also bolstered its presence in this market through industrial teaming arrangements for the subcontracted production of engine parts and the production of low-pressure turbine shafts for CFM56-5B and -7B engines. It has also created a dedicated CFM56 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center in partnership with Air China.

Safran and AVIC signed in November 2014, through their respective companies Safran Aircraft Engines and SAIC a framework agreement on the creation of a common entity in China in the field of turboprop engine for commercial aircraft. The aim of this cooperation is to design, test and produce power turbines and flame tubes for the two parent companies. This new entity will have facilities of design, testing and production.

*CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
*CFM56 and LEAP engines are products of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. 


Safran Aircraft Engines (Suzhou): Machining and Assembly of CFM56 Engine's Parts and Modules

Outside view of Safran Landing Systems Suzhou plant (China)

Created in December 2005, the Safran Aircraft Engines Suzhou plant is an integral part of the company's global supply chain. Spanning 40,000 square meters, it is located in the Suzhou industrial park and is specialized in the machining and assembly of low-pressure modules and parts for the CFM56 and LEAP engines.



  • Turbine shafts for the CFM56, LEAP-1A/1C and LEAP-1B
  • Turbine disks for the CFM56, LEAP-1A/1C and LEAP-1B
  • Turbine shrouds for the CFM56, LEAP-1A/1C and LEAP-1B
  • TRF for the CFM56, and TRV for the LEAP-1B

Assembly of the MM3 module on the low-pressure turbine for the CFM56-7 and LEAP-1B.


Address: No.70, Qi Ming Road, District B, Export & Processing Zone, Suzhou Industrial Park, 215126, Jiangsu Province, China
Tel: 86-512-62601860

Address: 725, Zone B, No.1333 Wen Ju Road, Pilot Free Trade Zone, Shanghai 200131, China
Contact person: Mr. Marc Jolly, General Manager

Address: Room 429, Aerospace Industrial Support Center, Tianjin Airport Economic Area


Safran Aircraft Engines (Guiyang): Parts Production for CFM56 Engines and LEAP Engines

Safran Aircraft Engines Xinyi

Founded in 2006, Safran Aircraft Engines (Guiyang) Co., Ltd (formerly Snecma Xinyi Airfoil Casting Co., Ltd) is subsidiary of Safran Aircraft Engines.

Located in Guiyang, in the heart of High-Tech Industry Development Zone, the plant covers an area of 10,000 square meters, and employs more than 140 people. It produces low-pressure turbine blades, seals and vanes for CFM56®*  and LEAP aircraft engines, by lost wax casting process.

(*) CFM56 is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.


Safran Aircraft Engines Guiyang, founded in July 2006, is a subsidiary of Safran Aircraft Engines (85%) and our Chinese partner Guizhou Xinyi Machinery Factory.
Located in Guiyang, it produces low-pressure turbine blades, nozzle guide vanes and low-pressure turbine seals for the CFM56-2, 3, -5A, -5B, -5C and –7B engines.


Address: No. 9 Baitiao Road, Hi Tech Industrial Development Zone of Guanshanhu District, Guiyang, Guizhou 550081, PRC.
Tel: 86--87992901


SSAMC: Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of CFM56 engines

SSAMC (Sichuan Services Aero-Engine Maintenance Company) is a 60/40 joint venture between Air China and CFM. Based at the Chengdu-Shuangliu airport, it offers a wide range of MRO services for CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7 engines.

Sichuan Service Aero-engine Maintenance Co. Ltd, (SSAMC) is a joint venture between Air China and CFM International*. Based at the Chengdu-Shuangliu airport, it offers a wide range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for CFM56 engines. Founded in 1999, SSAMC provides all support services for the Air China fleet, encompassing shop visits and on-wing maintenance. Offering top-flight services on a par with those provided by the CFM network, SSAMC gives its customers all the experience, proven methods and best practices from engine-makers GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The SSAMC shop is certified by the Chinese, European and American aviation authorities, respectively CAAC, EASA and FAA.

*CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.


Address: Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu 610021, Sichuan, China.
Tel: 86-28-8572 1693  Fax: 86-28-85721696
Jean-Michel TOMAZ : General Manager
Pascal Trochet : Engineering Department


AEMTC: One of CFM's Four Maintenance Training Centers in China

The CFM's Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center (AEMTC), opened in Guanghan in partnership with GE, China Aviation Supplies and the Civil Aviation Flight University, has trained over 14,000 mechanics from all over Asia in line maintenance field for CFM56 engines since opening its doors in late 1996. The training provided at AEMTC - a state-of-the-art 4,500 square meter facility with six engine shop bays and five classrooms - is equivalent to the training at the CFM centers in the United States, France, and India. Through this school, CFM supports a highly-skilled Chinese workforce enhancing the country's aviation safety.



Address: Civil Aviation Flight University of Guanghan China, Guanghan 618307, Sichuan Province, China
Tel: 86-838-5183449


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