Kuwait Airways Selects GE90-90B to Power New Boeing 777-200 IGW
Evendale, Ohio - After an exhaustive technical and commercial evaluation, Kuwait Airways has selected the GE90-90B to power two firm, one option longer-range Boeing 777-200 IGW aircraft.
Kuwait Airways, which is scheduled to take delivery of the two firm aircraft in 1998, currently operates a fleet powered by GE's CF6-80C2 and CFM56-5 engines. The CFM56-5 is produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma of France and GE.
"Kuwait took delivery of its first GE-powered aircraft in 1991, and we have since formed a very strong working relationship," said Muhammad Al-Lamadani, general manager of GE Aircraft Engines for Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. "We're delighted that the airline has decided to enhance the relationship and continue it well into the next century."
Kuwait cited the GE90's maintenance cost, performance, efficiency, and overall operating cost advantages as key factors in its selection.
"The CF6 and CFM56 engines have performed exceptionally well in Kuwait's fleet," said Al-Lamadani. "We're looking forward to the GE90 joining its sister engines and continuing the long tradition of superior performance and reliability."
Kuwait Airways is the Kuwaiti flag-carrier and services an extensive route structure throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
The GE90-90B is a derated version of the GE90-92B, which was recently certified at 92,000 pounds and is the highest thrust engine ever certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The engine is scheduled to begin flight tests on the 777 IGW in October, leading to aircraft certification and entry into service in early 1997. The GE90-92B-powered 777 will be the first aircraft/engine combination certified for the 777-200 IGW's operating range of 7,200 nautical miles.