Designed for the A380
Snecma has bolstered its presence in the large turbofan segment by taking a stake in the GP7200, a 332 to 357 kN / 70,000 to 85,000 lb thrust turbofan developed by the Engine Alliance, an equal joint venture of GE and Pratt & Whitney.
The GP7200 version is designed for the new Airbus A380 super jumbo. As of July 2010, it had been selected by Air France, Emirates Airlines, ILFC, Korean Airlines, Etihad and Air Austral for a total of 128 aircraft on firm order.
Snecma and GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2000, setting Snecma’s share at 20% of GE’s, which means a 10% share of the GP7200 program. Snecma is in charge of the 9-stage high-pressure compressor module.
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