October 22, 2003
EVENDALE, Ohio -- The GE90 engine family has surpassed 4 million flight hours powering Boeing's 777 twin-engine aircraft in passenger service.
The original GE90-85B engine model, certified at 85,000 pounds of thrust, entered service in November 1995 with British Airways.
Since then, 128 GE90-powered 777s have entered passenger service. The GE90 fleet now accumulates more than 80,000 engine hours per month. And that usage rate will continue to increase. An additional 105 firm orders for GE90-powered 777s are on the books. The GE90 powers 777 aircraft operated by 21 airlines and leasing companies.
Also, the GE90 family has grown since the mid-1990s, with the development of several higher-thrust derivative engines. The most recent version, the GE90-115B, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for producing a world record 127,900 pounds of thrust during ground testing.
The GE90-115B, certified at 115,000 pounds of thrust, will enter service early next year powering Boeing's new, longer-range 777-300ER aircraft.
In addition to being the world's largest and most powerful jet engine, the GE90 represents the first successful application in aviation history of composite fan blades. These highly durable blades are key to the engine's high thrust, fuel efficiency, and low-noise characteristics.
GE Aircraft Engines, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE http://www.ge.com), is the world's leading manufacturer of jet engines. GEAE also manufactures gas turbines, derived from its highly successful jet engine programs, for marine and industrial applications. In addition, GEAE provides comprehensive maintenance support, through its GE Engine Services operation, for GE and non-GE jet engines in service throughout the world. Visit GEAE online at http://www.geae.com.