GE90 Sets New World Record For Thrust; Engine Completes FAR 33 Certification Tests
Evendale, Ohio -- The newest derivative of the GE90 jet engine has set another world record for thrust, reaching 127,900 pounds during final engine certification testing.
The new record was set recently during testing of a GE90-115B development engine at GE Aircraft Engines' (GEAE) outdoor test complex near Peebles, Ohio. It eclipsed the engine's previous Guinness world record of 122,965 pounds of thrust.
"The record wasn't a test objective; it simply resulted from the test program established for airworthiness certification," said David Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of GEAE. "It confirms the performance margin inherent in the GE90. Designed as part of a growth strategy for the Boeing 777 aircraft family, the GE90 continues to surpass expectations and provide unmatched value for airlines flying longer-range routes."
The new record was set while completing a required U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 150-hour block test. During this intensive test, the engine ran for approximately 60 hours at triple red-line conditions (maximum fan speed, maximum core speed and maximum exhaust gas temperature) to evaluate the engine at its operational limits. The test is designed to demonstrate the engines capability beyond the most extreme operating conditions.
"From the outset, we took a low-risk path to 115,000 pounds of thrust for the derivative GE90-115B engine," said Chaker Chahrour, general manager, GE90 Project Department. "The performance margin will translate into engine durability and, ultimately, operational reliability for the airlines."
The GE90-115B completed FAA FAR33 certification testing on January 31 and is expected to receive official certification soon. First flight of the Boeing 777-300ER, powered by the GE90-115B, is targeted for later this month. The first 777-300ER is scheduled for delivery to International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), and to ILFC's customer Air France, in 2004.
The GE90-115B is part of the GE90 family, the best-selling engines for Boeing 777 aircraft. To date, 21 customers have ordered 225 firm and 44 option GE90-powered 777s, with a firm engine value of more than $7.5 billion. The GE90-115B is the sole engine for Boeing's longer-range 777-300ER and -200LR aircraft.
Snecma Moteurs, IHI and FiatAvio are participants in the GE90-115B engine program.
GE Aircraft Engines, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is the world's leading manufacturer of jet engines for civil and military aircraft, including engines produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma Moteurs of France and GE. GEAE also produces gas turbines, derived from its highly successful jet engine programs, for marine and industrial applications. In addition, GEAE provides comprehensive maintenance support through GEES for GE and non-GE jet engines in service throughout the world. Visit GEAE online at: http://www.geae.com.