ANALYSIS: CFM in charge for 2013 mainliner deliveries

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CFM International was the dominant powerplant supplier again last year, accounting for over half of the installed engines on Airbus and Boeing aircraft delivered. The General Electric/Snecma partnership also accounts for almost 50% of the engine order backlog.

Data compiled by Flighglobal Insight using the Ascend Online database shows that CFM delivered 1,386 installed engines in 2013, giving it a 53% market share. Its nearest rival – International Aero Engines – shipped 442 installed engines.

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When CFM’s deliveries are combined with shareholder GE, the two partners had a 70% market share in 2013. CFM’s backlog of 10,280 installed engines equates to a 50% market share.

CFM also holds a huge lead in the in-service fleet, powering 9,260 of the 19,000 Airbus and Boeing aircraft in operation. Below CFM are Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and IAE, all in the 2,500-2,900 aircraft bracket.

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Over half (55%) of the 488 Airbus A320-family aircraft delivered in 2013 were CFM-powered, but the engine maker’s share declines to 35% in backlog terms where there is a three-way split with P&W and IAE. Powerplant selections for almost a third of the 4,300 aircraft on order are yet to be decided.

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GE was the primary vendor on the Boeing 787 in 2013, powering 69% of the 65 aircraft delivered. It also leads rival Rolls-Royce in the backlog, selected to power 47% of the 908 orders against 31% for the UK manufacturer. The undecided category accounts for 21%.

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However, positions are reversed on the Airbus A330, where R-R’s Trent 700 engine powered 77% of 2013 deliveries and holds a 58% share of the backlog. The UK manufacturer lost out to Engine Alliance on the Airbus A380, with a 36% share of the 2013 deliveries. Engine Alliance also holds a market share advantage in the backlog stakes (43%), but engine selection for a third of the orders is still up for grabs.

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In the regional sector, GE was 2013’s lead supplier with a 50% share, but P&W (including P&W Canada) was a close second on 43%. P&W holds the lead in the backlog, with a 53% share, compared with GE’s 35% slice of the market.

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