future of Flight
See what we’re doing today for the benefit of us all tomorrow
The world works better when it flies
Decarbonizing commercial flight is the greatest challenge the modern aviation industry has ever faced. Not because of the technical advancements needed to achieve it, but because there is no other option but to make it happen. We take seriously our role in shaping the future of flight, and we have the spirit, ambition and means to deliver now, in the near term and for the next three decades. It can’t happen without optimal fuel efficiency, and no one is better positioned to meet this challenge than GE.
40% better fuel efficiency
GE Aviation's commercial engines today are designed to be 40% more fuel efficient compared to engines made in the 1970s
$1.6B in R&D
Our investment in research and development spending in 2021 was $1.6 billion
20% target Co2 reduction
With next-generation technologies, our goal is to further improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by 20% compared to today's most efficient engines
100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel ( SAF )
All GE Aviation engines can operate on approved Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) today and GE engines have been successfully tested with 100% SAF that doesn’t require blending with conventional jet fuel.
GE Aviation is committed to a more sustainable future by investing now in bold propulsion technologies for the future of flight and making our operations carbon neutral. Our aim is to be carbon neutral across our global operations by 2030.
GE Aviation is rising to the challenge of building a world that works with industry-leading technology and innovation. We’re already developing our next-generation of technologies to achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions for the future of flight with an ambition to be a net-zero company by 2050, encompassing Scope 3 emissions from the use of our sold products. Beyond engines, GE Aviation’s Systems business continues to bring additional efficiencies to aircraft performance. Software solutions that can help deliver immediate carbon reductions are available today and already in use.
GE Aviation is also supporting industry initiatives to approve and adopt 100 percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and is partnering on a new flight demonstration program to test zero-carbon hydrogen fuel combustion.
GE Aviation fully supports aviation industry efforts to decarbonize, which requires a holistic, global approach. Meeting the industry’s goal of net zero CO2 emissions from flight by 2050 requires deploying revolutionary technologies to reduce emissions and to advocate for increased use and availability of alternative fuels, such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and hydrogen.
Image courtesy United Airlines