CFM56 deliveries top 1,400 during 2012

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Safran Group delivered 1,406 CFM56 engines over the course of 2012, nearly 100 more than in the previous year.

It has also secured a backlog of nearly 10,000 orders and commitments for its CFM56 and Leap family powerplants, some seven years' production.

The group's aerospace propulsion division turned in €7 billion ($9.2 billion) in revenues, a 14.6% increase, which it attributes to a "strong rise" in civil deliveries.

Civil aftermarket revenues rose by 9.4%. Safran says this increase was driven by "first overhauls" of recent CFM56s. Service revenues within the propulsion division represented a 47% share.

Safran's aircraft equipment sector recorded €3.7 billion in revenues, a rise of 19%, as production rates increased for the Boeing 787, Airbus A330 and A380 programmes. There was also a gain from "recovery" in the regional jet market, it says.

Nacelle activity increased, notably for small nacelle deliveries, while harnessing and landing-gear activity showed "robust performance", adds Safran. Service revenues for the sector were lifted by carbon-brakes growth, and increased by nearly 10%.