The long-running partnership with General Electric (GE) is a cornerstone of Safran's operations.
The two engineering giants share a number of joint ventures, such as:
Since its creation in 1974, CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engine and GE, has become one of the world's leading suppliers of jet engines for commercial aircraft with the CFM56 family and the upcoming LEAP. CFM has delivered more than 28,000 CFM56 engines to date. The LEAP engine has experienced the fastest order ramp up in commercial aviation history, with more than 9,500 firm orders and commitments on the books as of June 2015.
CFM's first footprint 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 then, Greater China has become one of the largest and most important customer regions for CFM, with more than 50 airlines in the region ordering more than 3,900 CFM56 and LEAP engines to power more than 1,950 Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC aircraft in China (as of May 2015). In late 2009, the relationship was taken to a new level when COMAC selected CFM's advanced LEAP-1C engine as the sole Western powerplant for the new C919 single-aircraft.
CFM has chosen Chinese aerospace manufacturers as an important supplier base since the first engines were delivered nearly 30 years ago.
CFM established also in China one of its four maintenance training centers, AEMTC (Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center) in the Civil Aviation Flight College, Guanghan City. Specialized in CFM/GE commercial aircraft engines maintenance training, AEMTC became one of CAAC vocational training facilities and has trained nearly 12,000 mechanics from all over Asia in the maintenance and repair of CFM56 engines since opening its doors in late 1996. Through this school, CFM supports a highly-skilled Chinese workforce enhancing the country's aviation safety.
GE Aviation and Safran created this market-leading joint venture in 2008 to develop, produce and support engine nacelles for future single-aisle commercial jets. The venture draws on the expertise and resources of Safran Nacelles and Middle River Aircraft Systems (GE).
COMAC selected the LEAP-1C as part of an IPS (Integrated Propulsion System: Engine + Nacelle), to power the C919. The nacelle is provided by Nexcelle (partnership between Safran Nacelles and GE MRAS).
Nexcelle and Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC, later changed to AAC ) (AVIC) signed a contract for a Chinese joint venture - Xi'an SAVI Nacelles Co. Ltd to produce and assemble nacelle components on November 16, 2010.