March 09, 2005
EVENDALE, Ohio - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded engine type certification to GE's CF34-10E, paving the way for aircraft certification and introduction into revenue service with jetBlue Airways on the EMBRAER 190 in the 3rd quarter of this year.
The CF34-10E, rated at 18,500 pounds (82 kN) thrust, is the sole powerplant for the 90- to 118-passenger EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 aircraft. The 1,800-hour CF34-10E engine certification program encompassed more than 25 major tests on seven production and one core engine. The CF34-10E is currently undergoing flight tests on the EMBRAER 190/195 aircraft.
The CF34-10E turbofan engine is the newest, largest and most powerful addition to GE's family of CF34 powerplants. Developed with GE's revenue sharing partners, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., LTD (IHI) of Tokyo, Japan and Techspace Aero S.A. (TA) of Milmort, Belgium, the engine has advanced technology features including: a highly efficient three-dimensional aerodynamic (3-D aero) high-pressure compressor; a single annular combustor (SAC) that reduces oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by as much as 12 percent compared with the NOx emissions of current-technology SACs; a low-solidity high-pressure turbine in which efficiency is improved and the number of airfoils is reduced; and a chevron exhaust nozzle that reduces jet noise.
GE is also developing the CF34-10A, a fuselage-mounted variant that will power the China AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. Ltd (ACAC) ARJ21 regional jet. The ARJ21 is scheduled to enter service in 2008.