The leading-edge technology of CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine was recently recognized with an award inspired by Thomas Edison’s creativity and inventiveness.

The engine’s next generation technology received the Silver award in the Transportation & Logistics – Engine Enhancements category at this year’s Edison Awards.

“We are extremely pleased with the caliber of the entries this year. Our judges had an incredibly tough job selecting the winners,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.  “These judges recognized the LEAP engine as a true innovator out of the many products in its category.”

“Through our parent companies, GE and Safran, CFM benefits from the best and brightest minds in the world,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International.  “This award is recognition of that team’s ability to take a bold vision and make it a reality.

“When we launched the LEAP program a decade ago, we promised better fuel efficiency, an improved environmental signature, and industry-leading asset utilization and we are delivering on all counts,” Méheust added.  “With the fleet operating an average of 10 hours per day, every day, with world-class reliability, LEAP engines have quickly become the workhorse for airline fleets around the globe.”

The core of the LEAP engine, the high-pressure system, which includes the compressor, combustor and the high-pressure turbine, is designed and manufactured by GE Aviation at more than 40 sites around the world.

There are currently more than 250 LEAP-powered aircraft in service with more than 40 operators on five continents.

The LEAP engine has become the engine of choice for new single-aisle aircraft, garnering more than 15,000 orders to date.

Since entering airline service in August 2016, the LEAP engine has been providing operators a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise.  All this technology is focused on providing better utilization, including CFM’s legendary reliability out of the box; greater asset availability; enhanced time on wing margins to help keep maintenance costs low; and minimized maintenance actions, all supported by sophisticated analytics that enable CFM to provide tailored, predictive maintenance over the life of the product.