GE Aviation, CFM go center stage in Paris

Two big area aviation companies will be a definite presence at the 2017 International Paris Air Show, which begins Monday.

GE Aviation and its engine-producing partner companies — including CFM International, based in Butler County’s West Chester Twp. — have more than 65,000 commercial and military engines flying today, GE said in a statement. Between 2016 and 2020, GE and its partners will deliver another 10,000 engines. GE Aviation’s industrial backlog of engines and long-term engine service contracts exceeds $150 billion, the company said.

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“Over this decade, we have been experiencing a transformation of our commercial engine portfolio,” David Joyce, vice chairman of GE and president and chief executive of GE Aviation, said in the company’s release. “At the same time, we have significant new military engine developments that led us to transition more than 700 engineers into our military division.”

GE said it expects its new LEAP engine produced by CFM International to take center stage at the show.

CFM is the 50/50 joint company of GE and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. The LEAP powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft, which entered airline service last August; and the Boeing 737 MAX.

Said GE, “They are the airline industry’s fastest-selling aircraft. The backlog for LEAP engines now exceeds 12,500 engines.”

GE Aviation has about 9,000 total Ohio employees at six facilities, including thousands in Southwestern Ohio in Dayton, Vandalia, Evendale and beyond.

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