10 Million Hours of Outstanding Flight for GE90 Engine
EVENDALE, OHIO -- The GE90-94B base engine has surpassed 10 million flight hours -- an outstanding milestone for this exceptional engine.
"We are excited to celebrate this 10 million flight hour achievement," said Tom Wygle, general manager of the GE90 Program. "The GE90 engine has surpassed our expectations for performance and reliability, and we look forward to more continued success in the years ahead."
The GE90 engine has benefited from GE's tremendous technology investments. In 1995, the first GE90 engine entered service with British Airways and was the first commercial engine to use composite fan blades. Two years later, GE introduced a growth version of the engine, capable of achieving up to 90,000 lbs. of thrust. The GE90-94B entered service in 2000 with advanced 3-D aerodynamic design in the high pressure compressor. The engine provided customers with a 1.6 percent fuel burn advantage and an approximately 20 degrees Celsius increase in exhaust gas temperature margin for better levels of performance, longer time on-wing and reduction in operating costs. Many customers have upgraded their lower thrust GE90 models to take advantage of these benefits.
Today, the GE90-94B engine powers more than 165 Boeing 777-200 and –200ER aircraft for 16 operators around the world. The engine's performance has been stellar with a dispatch reliability rate of 99.96 percent. Its in-flight shutdown rate has been remarkable since entering service and it has experienced no in-flight shutdowns in the last 12 months.
The GE90 engine grew beyond the GE90-94B with the successful GE90–115B design. The world's largest, highest-thrust commercial engine, the GE90-115B powers the Boeing 777-200LR, -300ER and Freight aircraft and has proven to be extremely popular with customers around the world, logging more than two million flight hours since entering service in 2004.
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 a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.