SILVERCREST: a new name in propulsion for business aviation

(Orlando, FL - October 17, 2006) -- At the 59th Annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention, Snecma introduced the name Silvercrest for its proposed new-generation engine family for super mid-size to large business jets. Silvercrest's thrust range will be from 8,000 to 11,000 pounds. The typical application will be a large cabin, long-range aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) between 45,000 and 60,000 lbs. The engine design integrates specific features that will also meet the needs of 40 to 60-seat regional jets, whenever relevant market conditions allow carriers to replace their existing fleets. "Following the launch of a core engine technology demonstration last January, today's announcement of the Silvercrest name for our proposed family of jet engines represents an additional step in refining a concept aimed at bringing the latest of commercial engines technology and reliability to the business aviation community," said Jean-Pierre Cojan, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Snecma's Commercial Engine Division. "Branding our future engine family will help us to promote it in the business aviation marketplace in view of a program launch that will take place as applications materialize for Silvercrest products." Silvercrest fits logically into Snecma's strategic business decision to diversify into the lower thrust ranges. The Silvercrest family of engines will capitalize on the company's more than 30 years of operating experience in the commercial air transport industry, essentially with the CFM56 engines family, and on its expertise in commercial engines technology that have brought its products to be second to none in terms of reliability and environmental friendliness. This new engine will incorporate innovative solutions from decades of research conducted by SAFRAN in the air transport and military applications to simplify the design and drastically reduce the parts count. For operators, this will mean new heights in reliability as well as minimized operating restrictions. The new technologies will provide operators with measurable performance enhancements over the current generation of engines: up to 15% lower fuel burn, at least a 20% improvement in climb thrust, 50% NOx margin versus CAEP6 and up to at least 25 dB less than current Stage III noise standards. Marc Ventre, Chairman and CEO of Snecma, adds: "By building on our technologies and expertise in the commercial engine market, we are now developing our own products in a complementary segment. We are determined to offer the best new generation engine in performance, environmental-friendliness and service. Silvercrest embodies Snecma's goal of setting new standards in business aviation propulsion."

Source: Safran
Date: Oct 17, 2006

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