November 4, 1996LYNN, Massachusetts - GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) marked a significant milestone in its commercial engine business with the recent delivery of the 1000th CF34 turbofan engine to Bombardier.
The engine was formally presented to Rene Brasseur, Bombardier Aerospace Group's vice president of procurement, by Claude Morris, CF34 lead hand assembler, during a ceremony attended by over 350 GE employees and guests at GEAE's Lynn, Massachusetts, production facility.
Speaking on behalf of the Bombardier Aerospace Group, President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Brown commented, "At Bombardier, quality goals are not only part of our mission statement, they are at the very heart of our operations and strategic planning. We look for a similar philosophy among our partners, and I am proud to say that in General Electric, we have found the same high standards of quality. The superior reliability that Bombardier has achieved in the Challenger and Canadair Regional Jet programs is largely due to the quality of your CF34 engine."
The 9000 pound thrust class CF34 first entered service in 1983 on the Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet. In addition to the Challenger 601, today's CF34 models power Canadair's 50-passenger Regional Jet and the Challenger 604, which entered corporate service earlier this year. The CF34 is performing with exceptional reliability, powering a worldwide corporate and airline fleet of 400 aircraft operating in 28 countries. The engine has accumulated 2,375,000 engine flight hours, including over 1,000,000 hours in daily service with eleven airlines operating in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
The latest addition to GE's CF34 family of engines is the 13,000 pound thrust class CF34-8C. This advanced turbofan engine has been selected by Bombardier to power the planned 70-passenger Canadair CRJ-X airliner. GE announced the formal launch of CF34-8C development in April of this year, and the program is on schedule for engine certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in June 1999. It is anticipated that the -8C will enter service during the year 2000.