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CFM launches LEAP-X.(NewsBriefs)(Brief article)

CFM International moved forward on a new-generation powerplant for the eventual successors to the 737 and A320 families with launch of the LEAP-X engine. "CFM is committed to the future, the LEAP-X program is launched and we are ready to go forward," Bill Clapper, executive VP of the GE/Snecma joint venture company, told journalists in London.

Clapper said the LEAP-X "will be significantly better than today's products," offering 16% lower fuel consumption compared to the CFM56-7 powering the 737NG. The new engine, which builds on CFM's LEAP56 technology acquisition program, will have noise levels 10-15 db lower than Stage 4 and 60+% lower NOx emissions versus CAEP 6. …

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