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Avio joins Snecma (Safran Group) to design and produce key elements of the advanced new generation Leap engine


DISCLAIMER: Press releases in the present section refer to the period before the purchase by Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. (General Electric Group) of the Company business unit relative to the aeronautical activities of Avio S.p.A., which took place on 1 August 2013, following the stipulation on 21 December 2012 of the contract of sale with regard to this Company business unit. Starting from this date, all activities regarding the design, development and manufacture of accessory drive trains and power transmissions, low-pressure turbines, combustors, afterburners, subsystems and MRO and CRO activities for civil and military aeronautical engines were transferred to Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. and became an integral part of the business of GE Aviation.

Rivalta di Torino (Turin - Italy), 7 March 2012 – Avio, Italy’s leading aerospace company, and Snecma, the world-class manufacturer of aircraft and rocket engines (Safran Group), today finalised a commercial agreement to work on the new LEAP aircraft engine family. Avio will be responsible for the design and production of key elements of the low-pressure turbine: stator stages, disc and casing.

Compared to Avio’s current involvement in the CFM56 engine family, it has increased its involvement with Snecma threefold, generating global revenues up to € 9 billion over the life of the LEAP program, at list price.

LEAP is a next-generation engine for narrowbody aircraft, developed, produced and marketed by CFM International* – a world leader in aircraft propulsion. The engine will power the Airbus 320neo, Boeing 737MAX and COMAC C919. LEAP is expected to enter commercial service in 2016.

LEAP is at the forefront of technological developments in the aeronautical sector. Sustainability has been a central tenet in the engine’s development. The new engine will lead to:
• A 15 percent better fuel efficiency vs current CFM56 engines
• A 50 percent lower NOx emissions vs CAEP/6 standards
• A 75 percent reduction of the noise footprint

Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio, said: “Avio’s participation in the LEAP programme is a natural development from our collaboration in the CFM56 engine which, from 1985 to the present day, has established itself as a bestseller for passenger aircraft. LEAP will be one of the major engines of the future. Avio will provide its knowledge in design, development and production of components and aeronautical systems, making a considerable contribution to our company’s growth.”

  *CFM International is a joint company (50/50) of Snecma (Safran group, France) and GE (USA).


Avio is an international group, leader in the aerospace sector, headquartered in Turin (Italy). Founded in 1908, it is present on four continents with commercial offices and 12 industrial sites. It has 5,200 employees, of which approximately 4,400 work in Italy. The Group operates in following business areas: Jet engine modules; Space; MRO and Services; Aeroderivative Gas Turbines for Marine and Industrial use; Control and Automation Systems, and Electrical Systems. It is active in the field of technological R&D through a network of laboratories located on Italian University campuses, and collaborates with 24 Italian and international universities and research centres.