Engine manufacturer CFM International plans to keep producing the CFM56 engine for at least another seven years, says general manager product marketing commercial engines and services Francois-Xavier Hussenet at the Ascend Finance Forum in London.
The manufacturer will start transitioning to the Leap engine in the second part of this decade but will continue CFM56 production until 2020, he says.
According to him, the Leap production will surpass the CFM56 production in late 2018 as more Airbus Neo and Boeing Max deliveries hit the market.
"We don't have an exact date on the cross-over between the two engines but assuming that the Airbus A320neo and 737 Max programmes are on schedule, we plan to produce more Leap engines in late 2018 or early 2019," he tells delegates.
"The plan at the moment is to keep producing the CFM56 until 2020 based on Airbus and Boeing contractual agreements but we will continue producing spare engines for another 10 years," he says.