GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company, is a leading producer of jet engines and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft, and aero-derivative engines for marine applications. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings. Technological excellence, supported by continuing substantial investments in research and development, has been the foundation of growth and helps to ensure quality products for customers. GEs Aviation business recorded revenues of $19.2 billion in 2008. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), the Aviation business employs more than 35,000 people and operates manufacturing, overhaul, and repair facilities worldwide. In addition, GE is part of a 50/50 joint venture company, CFM International, formed with SNECMA (SAFRAN) of France. With more than 23,700 engines in airline service, an aircraft powered by GE or CFM engines takes flight every 3 seconds.