“The GE90 engine has been an integral part of Emirates growth strategy,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Emirates. “The GE90 engine fleet has performed extremely well throughout the one million cycles, and the maintenance, repair and overhaul work conducted at the Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre have us looking forward to another one million cycles of revenue service.”
“GE is honored to play a role in the success of Emirates with our engine and support,” said Muhammad Al-Lamadani, Senior Executive and General Manager of GE Aviation Sales for the Middle East, Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey for GE Aviation. “As the largest GE90 engine operator in the world, Emirates has benefitted from the outstanding performance that the GE90 engine provides, and we are eager to extend our working relationship with the new GE9X engine.”
Emirates is operates more than 115 of the highly successful GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777 aircraft. At the 2013 Dubai Air Show, the airline has committed to acquiring 300 of the new GE9X engine for its Boeing 777X fleet, which is the largest ever commercial jet engine award from an airline.
The GE90 engine family powers all Boeing 777 models and is the exclusive powerplant on the 777-300ER, -200LR, and Freighter. The engine family has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours and 8 million cycles since entering service in 1995.
The GE90 engine provides the foundation for the new GE9X engine that will power the Boeing 777X aircraft. The GE9X engine will be in the 100,000 pound thrust class. Key features include a 134-inch diameter composite fan case and 16 composite fan blades; a next-generation 27:1 pressure-ratio 11-stage high-pressure compressor; a third-generation TAPS III combustor for high efficiency and low emissions; and CMC material in the combustor and turbine. The first engine will test in 2016 with flight-testing on GE’s flying testbed anticipated in 2017. Engine certification is scheduled for 2018. More than 700 GE9X engines have been ordered by customers since it was launched on the Boeing 777X aircraft.