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In April, CFM International* (CFM) reached a new production milestone when employees built and assembled the 15,000th CFM56-7B jet engine destined for a Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplane.

When CFM56 engines first entered service in 1982 – and when the CFM56-7B model entered service in 1997 – the program experienced the fastest ramp-up in commercial aviation history until the introduction of CFM International’s LEAP engine in 2016. 

Over the past 37 years, CFM56 engines spanning six different models have been delivered to power Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The fleet has logged more than one billion engine flight hours, a feat never accomplished before by any aviation power plant. Read the full story.

*CFM and CFM56 are trademarks of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.