GE90 Engine Certified by CIS; to Power Aeroflot 777 Aircraft
EVENDALE, Ohio - The Interstate Aviation Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has certified the GE90-powered Boeing 777, enabling airlines of Russia and other CIS nations to begin operation of the world's largest twinjet aircraft.
Aeroflot Russian International Airlines, the first 777 operator in the CIS, is to take delivery of its first aircraft in April, followed by its second aircraft in October. Both are leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).
Since entry into service in November 1995, GE90 engines have logged more than 170,000 flight hours on the 777 and have maintained an industry-leading dispatch reliability rate of 99.98 percent. In addition, the GE90 has delivered the lowest specific fuel consumption, the lowest noise levels, the lowest total emissions, and the best performance retention of the engines powering 777 aircraft-advantages derived from unique, value-added technologies, including composite fan blades, a 10-stage, high-pressure-ratio compressor, and a short, dual annular combustor.
To date, the GE90 has been selected to power 130 firm and option 777 aircraft for 11 customers. Of these, four customers have taken delivery of 29 GE90-powered 777s. During 1998, however, the number of delivered aircraft will increase to 60 and the number of customers, to eight.
The 777 is the most recent GE-powered aircraft to enter service with Aeroflot, which in 1992 began operating aircraft powered by GE CF6-80C2 turbofans-the first Western-produced engines to enter service with a CIS airline. The number of engines produced by GE and CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma of France and GE, in service in the CIS currently stands at 32 and is expected to double by the end of this year.