GE90-Powered 777 to Make First Visit to Cincinnati
EVENDALE, Ohio - The highest-thrust engine ever certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the GE90-92B, will make its first visit to Cincinnati on Friday, October 18, 1996 at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Certified at 92,000 pounds takeoff thrust, two GE90-92B engines will power a Boeing 777-200 from Seattle, Washington to Cincinnati as part of GE's Family Day celebration on Saturday, October 19.
The GE90 was initially certified at 85,000 pounds takeoff thrust in February 1995, and has an outstanding in-service record since delivery to British Airways in November 1995. The engine currently powers four British Airways and two China Southern Boeing 777 aircraft with quiet, economical, and fuel efficient operation. Especially noteworthy is the GE90's reliability: The fleet has logged more than 28,000 flight hours in the past 11 months, with a dispatch reliability rate of 99.96 percent.
The first GE90 growth engine, the GE90-92B, was certified at 92,000 pounds takeoff thrust by the FAA in July 1996. The -92B, on wing for Friday's 777 flight, will also power the first Boeing 777-200 IGW (Increased Gross Weight) aircraft, scheduled to enter service in early 1997. This aircraft/engine combination will have an operating range of 7,200 nautical miles, with the same reliability as its predecessor. British Airways is the launch customer.
"Nine customers worldwide have ordered 81 firm, 18 option GE90-powered 777 aircraft, including British Airways, which has ordered 18 aircraft," said Russ Sparks, general manager of the GE90 Project Department of GE Aircraft Engines. "We are pleased that we are able to provide them the best engine in its thrust class."
Media may park at the Delta employee parking lot on Donaldson Road, where they may board a shuttle bus for a brief ride to the Delta maintenance hangar to tour the aircraft. GE, Boeing, and British Airways representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
January 1990: GE announces development of GE90 for Boeing 777
November 1992: First full-scale engine core goes to test
March 1993: First full engine test
Early 1994: GE90 sets new world's record, achieving 110,000 pounds of thrust
February 1995: U.S. FAA certifies engine at 85,000 pounds thrust November 1995: First GE90-powered Boeing 777 delivered to British Airways
July 1996: U.S. FAA certifies GE90 at 92,000 pounds thrust
October 1996: U.S. FAA grants GE90 ETOPS* Type Design approval