CINCINNATI, OH -- BeauTech and Sky Regional Airlines are the launch customers for GE Aviation's new CF34-8 HPT (high pressure turbine) durability upgrade program for its CF34-8 engines to improve fleet stability, time on wing and engine's cost of ownership. The HPT durability upgrade program is available to all CF34-8 operators, regardless of their maintenance, repair and overhaul provider.

"During the last 12 months, we have been focusing on driving durability into the CF34-8 engine through several enhanced design improvements," said David Kircher, general manager of Regional Engines and Services at GE Aviation. "The HPT durability upgrade program will stabilize the engine's operation and reduce unscheduled engine removals and significant events, allowing CF34-8 customers to more effectively plan their operations."

"We appreciate GE's continued support in improving the durability and cost effectiveness of the CF34-8E engine through support programs like this," said Sky Regional CEO and founder Russ Payson.

"We are pleased with GE Aviation's continued investment in the CF34-8 engine.This HPT durability upgrade program will solidify our long-term commitment to invest into this engine platform," said BeauTech president and CEO Lee Beaumont.

Under the CF34-8 HPT durability upgrade program, GE Aviation will provide customers with upgraded parts that can be incorporated into the engine during its next overhaul. These parts are listed in a series of Service Bulletins that GE issued and include components in the fan, compressor, combustor and HPT modules. These upgraded parts offered at a significant discount combined with the improved durability and time on wing will bring the total cost of ownership in line with customer expectations.

Since its service entry in 2001, the CF34-8 engine has accumulated 70 million flight hours and 52 million flight cycles. 

About Sky Regional Airlines
Sky Regional Airlines Inc. is a Canadian company that operates regional routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner pursuant to a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada. Its fleet is comprised of 25 CF34-8-powered Embraer E175 aircraft. Sky Regional Airlines employs more than 650 people in Toronto and Montreal.

About Beautech
BeauTech was formed in 2011 to provide best practices in engine leasing to airlines around the world. Specializing in the GE CF34 and the CFM International CFM56 platforms from its Dallas, TX (USA) headquarters, BPS serves a growing customer base of regional and commercial airlines along with vital MRO providers in strategic global locations.

About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.