GE announces agreement with United Airlines for CF34 Engines for Additional EMBRAER 175s
GE announced today that United Airlines (UAL) ordered 10 firm CF34-8E-powered EMBRAER 175 aircraft with options for an additional 18 aircraft that will be converted to firm orders in the future by United or one of the carriers that operate as United Express. Delivery of the firm aircraft will begin in 2016. The firm engine order is valued at more than $100 million list price.
“We are pleased to add more E175s to our regional fleet. The E175 will be used to primarily replace older, less efficient 50 seat regional jets while providing a superior passenger experience” said Ron Baur, VP Fleet.
“CF34 engines are the most reliable engines for regional jets,” said Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing at GE Aviation. “GE is proud to power United’s regional jet fleet and help them provide the best service to their flying customers.”
More than 2,600 CF34-8 engine are powering Bombardier's CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft and Embraer's 170/175 aircraft. The engines have accumulated close to 40 million flight-hours and 29 million cycles. The CF34-8 engine design has evolved with enhancements that lowered part count, improved durability and reduced maintenance costs. The CF34-8E propulsion system incorporates a nacelle design specifically tailored to the EMBRAER 170/175 underwing installation to maximize LRU accessibility and enhance maintainability.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook.
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