GE to Develop the World's Highest Thrust Jet Engine
GE90 Growth Story - A GE CONTINUUM: Maximizing commonality and quality at the lowest cost
EVENDALE, Ohio - Extending the continuum of the GE90 engine family, GE Aircraft Engines and its revenue-sharing participants Snecma, IHI, and FiatAvio have begun development of the world's most powerful engine: a 100,000 pound thrust GE90 to be certified in 1999.
The GE90-100B engine will achieve 100,000 pounds of thrust while delivering the same outstanding reliability the baseline GE90-85B engine is achieving today in revenue service on the Boeing 777 -- all without changing the engine's basic structure and with only minimal weight gain.
GE is developing the GE90-100B for the Boeing 777, with the engine derated in service to 98,000 pounds thrust. Also, GE will offer airlines an upgrade kit which can take all GE90 models to the 100,000 pound thrust configuration.
The GE90 has already reached and sustained thrust levels well over 100,000 pounds during development tests; the GE90-100B extends this proven capability, and is a natural evolution for the GE90 family. In fact, all GE90 engine versions are more than 90 percent common.
The GE90-85B, rated at 84,700 pounds thrust, is in revenue service on the 777 derated at 76,000 pounds thrust. The first growth GE90, the GE90-92B, to be certified at 92,000 pounds thrust, is set to enter service derated at 90,000 pounds thrust on the 777 in early 1997.
The GE90-100B capability will provide significant payload advantages, which translate into substantially increased revenues for airline customers. It will have up to a 5 percent fuel burn advantage over competing engines.
Also, the GE90-100B will have significant environmental advantages, including the lowest noise and emissions. The engine's noise levels will allow for twice as many takeoffs and landings as competing engines at noise-restricted airports such as Heathrow Airport in London.
"The airlines have made clear that they require higher thrust GE90 versions to maximize the 777's capability," said Russ Sparks, GE90 Project Manager. "We've proven the GE90 is outstanding, and the -92B growth program is extremely successful. The GE90 engine family is the obvious choice to meet those needs.
"For example, the GE90 growth version will enable airlines to fly from Central Europe to the U.S. West Coast with both a 100 percent load factor and revenue-generating cargo. Also, it will allow airlines to carry more passengers on long-range routes from airports, such as Dallas, Texas, with hot temperature conditions."
"Thrust growth, however, isn't our only priority," Sparks said. "We are committed to providing airlines with a real asset to their operations: the most fuel efficient, reliable, easily maintained, cost-effective powerplant on the market. Based on input from airline customers, we are confident that the GE90-100B will deliver significantly greater value than other competing engines, that we will be able to realize that value in the marketplace, and we will create profitable growth for both our customers and our shareholders. All along, we have said the GE90 is the engine with the future built-in -- the future is today."
In revenue service, the GE90 is performing with extremely high reliability, the result of the engine's comprehensive development test program. The GE90-powered 777s currently in revenue service with British Airways and China Southern. GE is actively discussing its plans for the GE90-100B engine with its airline customers worldwide.