In the spring of 1968, both United Airlines and American Airlines selected the 40,000 pound thrust GE CF6-6 to power their Douglas DC-10 Series 10 aircraft. As a result, GE began its more than 40-year legacy in commercial aviation.
Selected to power the DC-10 series 30 aircraft, and later selected to power the new Airbus A300 and Boeing 747, the CF6-50 is a 46,000-54,000 pound thrust derivative of the CF6-6.
In the late 1970s, an advanced model in the CF6 family was introduced for new short-to-medium range commercial jets. The CF6-80A was selected to power two new twinjets, the Boeing 767 and Airbus A310.
Currently certified on 12 widebody aircraft models and with 16 ratings, the CF6-80C2 has accumulated over 200 million flight hours in service.
By designing the CF6-80E1 specifically for the Airbus A330, GE was able to bring together the newest technology, lowest weight, lowest fuel burn, and enable operators to maximize the potential of their A330 aircraft.