Safran, GE’s partner in the CFM International joint venture, is painting an almost perfect picture of the Leap engine program. Operational availability is said to be better than for the competing Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM, the production rate is almost on target, and the fuel performance is meeting expectations. Significant effort remains before deliveries are 100% punctual, but recent progress has helped Safran build confidence for the months ahead. Current catch-up plans ...

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