First Year in Service for GE90 a Huge Success
EVENDALE, Ohio - The GE90 engine - the world's largest and most powerful jet engine - has completed its first year in revenue service powering Boeing 777 aircraft with no in-flight disruptions and an industry-leading dispatch reliability of 99.97 percent.
"From the beginning, we have emphasized the unprecedented testing that went into this engine," said Russ Sparks, GE90 Project Department general manager at GE Aircraft Engines. "The engine was rigorously tested beyond requirements during the development phase. The payoff is outstanding reliability, performance, and retention characteristics in revenue service, which translates into significant financial benefits for our customers."
The GE90, with the lowest noise signature and specific fuel consumption on the 777, has accumulated more than 30,000 engine flight hours and more than 11,000 engine departures while powering four 777s for British Airways and two 777s for China Southern.
In October, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the GE90-powered Boeing 777 180-minute extended-range, twin-engine operation (ETOPS) following a flawless, 1,000-cycle flight test program. British Airways is now conducting ETOPS operations between London and Boston with its GE90-powered 777s.
In addition to British Airways and China Southern, the GE90 has been selected by Kuwait Airways, International Lease Finance Corporation, Lauda Air, Saudia, Continental Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services and Euralair. These customers represent a total of 81 firm, 18 option GE90-powered 777s on order.
The GE90, launched in 1990, has captured the world's attention during the 1990s with a series of jet propulsion "firsts," including composite fan blades, and a world's record thrust of 110,300 pounds during development testing.