CFM has frozen the design of its next-generation Leap turbofan destined for Boeing’s 737 MAX family of narrowbody airliners. The joint venture formed by General Electric (GE) and Snecma also has started the assembly of the first of 28 Leap engines, which will be used for ground and airborne tests between now and early 2015, when the first variant of the new engine is due to be certified. Gareth Richards, Leap’s program manager, during a May 2 press conference in London said the ...


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