China Eastern Airlines and GE celebrated the 1000th GE engines to be delivered to the airline. This includes engines produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France. As strategic partners, GE and China Eastern have been in close cooperation for two decades. China Eastern became a GE and CFM customer in 1994 with an order for five CFM56-5C-powered long-range, four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft. Since then, the GE and CFM fleet operated by China Eastern has grown bigger and bigger, to its current size of more than 650 engines, which is the largest GE and CFM engine fleet in China.