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GE, CFM see a record $55B in Paris Air Show orders

Regional aviation powerhouses GE Aviation and CFM International are celebrating a combined $55 billion in orders from the Paris Air Show this week.

GE Aviation and its joint venture company CFM, a 50/50 West Chester Twp.-based joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, said the combined orders represent a record.

Highlights of the week included AirAsia ordering 200 LEAP-1A engines, IndiGo ordering 560 LEAP-1A engines, Avolon Leasing ordering 140 LEAP-1A engines, CDB Leasing ordering 90 LEAP-1A engines, Korean Air and Air Lease Corp. ordering a total of 30 GEnx-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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Also this week: Envoy Air Inc. expanded a service agreement to cover its entire fleet of CF34-8E engines, ALAFCO ordered 60 LEAP-1A engines, Macquarie Finance ordered 40 LEAP-1A engines and Peach Aviation ordered 20 LEAP-1A engines.

GE has about 12,000 employees in Ohio, with a strong supply chain presence in the Dayton area. Unison in Beavercreek, for example, contributes to the LEAP engine and the company has sites in Vandalia and the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) near the University of Dayton.

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The GE9X engine made its debut at this year’s Paris Air Show, GE Aviation noted.

“The world’s largest commercial jet engine has already booked more than 700 orders with eight customers,” the Evendale company said in a release.

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