US Gives Green Light For LEAP Engine Export to China

COMAC C919 maiden flight.

Reuters reports that the U.S. government has granted a license to engine maker General Electric to export CFM LEAP-1C engines to China for use in COMAC’s C919 narrowbody airliner.

GE is an equal partner with France’s Safran in the CFM International joint venture.  Earlier this year, media reports indicated that the Trump administration had considered denying an export license to export the LEAP-1C engines to China, but President Donald Trump later intervened to promote the export of American aerospace products.

Trump tweeted in February that he wanted “to make it EASY to do business with the United States, not difficult. Everyone in my Administration is being so instructed, with no excuses…”

A GE spokesperson confirmed to Reuters on April 7 that the manufacturer had received a license to export engines to the C919 program. Reuters was unable to confirm the decision with the U.S. government.