GE90-115B Engines Log One Million Successful Flight Hours
EVENDALE, Ohio -- The world's largest and most powerful engine, the GE90-115B, is celebrating one million successful hours of flight. The engine logged its first million hours last week after three years of service powering the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR. Almost 200 GE90-115B and GE90-110B engines are in service with 10 operators around the world.
"The one-million flight hour milestone is a great reason to celebrate the tremendous performance of our GE90-115B/-110B engines," said Tom Wygle, general manager of the GE90 program. "Since entering service in May 2004, the GE90-115B/-110B engines have experienced zero inflight shutdowns, no aborted takeoffs and a departure reliability rate of 99.96%, which are a testament to the robust design of this unbelievable engine."
The production rates for the GE90 family will nearly double in two years, all resulting from the dramatic success of the GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER and the GE90-110B-powered 777-200LR and 777 Freighter. In 2006, GE Aviation delivered 100 of the higher-thrust GE90-115B/-110B engine models, and the rate grows to nearly 200 engines by 2008. GE has sold more than 750 GE90-115B/-110B engines to 28 customers since it began selling the engine in 2000.
The GE90-115B is part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio--GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
The engine is one the quietest based on per pound of thrust with superior fuel burn and low overall emissions due in part to its improved combustor. The combustor technology emits no more than 40 percent of the hydrocarbons that will be allowed by 2008 international standards.
Snecma of France, Avio SpA. of Italy, and IHI of Japan are revenue-sharing participants in the GE90 program.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of jet engines for civil and military aircraft. GE also is a world-leading provider of maintenance and support services for jet engines.