More Power in the Air, Fewer Emissions in the Sky
One of GE’s “ecomagination” aircraft engines, designed to be more fuel-efficient than its closest competitor, won a significant order from a fast-growing Gulf carrier during this week’s Paris Air Show. The 115,000-pound-thrust GE90-115B engines emit no more than 40% of the hydrocarbons allowed by today’s international standards and have been optimised so that fuel burn is 3.6% less than the engine’s 2000 launch specifications.
The engines are part of an order from Qatar Airways for nine GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ERs. This includes a firm order for two aircraft and a commitment for an additional seven more. The list price of the total engine order and commitment is valued at more than US$600 million.
The GE90-115B engines include such performance-enhancing features as three-dimensional aerodynamic (3-D aero) compressor and wide-chord, swept composite fan blades for greater efficiency.
Qatar Airways, based in Doha, currently operates 35 Boeing passenger and cargo 777s of various types, including 22 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LR (Longer Range) airplanes and four 777 Freighters all powered by GE90 engines. More than 1,500 GE90-115B engines have been ordered by customers for their Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and 777 Freighters. Snecma of France, Avio SpA of Italy and IHI Corporation of Japan are revenue-sharing participants in the GE90 program.