GE Provides Lift to Pakistan’s Fast-Growing Aviation Sector

GE Provides Lift to Pakistan’s Fast-Growing Aviation Sector

April 22, 2014 at 02:04pm

In a dramatic statement, the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said recently that governments that aren’t prioritizing their aviation industries “will need to change their view of aviation from a luxury cash cow to a utilitarian powerful draft horse to pull the economy forward.”

With Pakistan ranked as one of the 10 fastest growing markets for international passenger traffic through 2017, driven by 6.7% annual growth, it’s clear the country’s leadership understands the IATA’s message.

GE, which has been a partner to the country’s aviation industry for nearly 40 years, is actively supporting this growth. Today, GE and its joint venture partners power more than 60% of all civilian aircraft operated by Pakistani carriers. This includes 50% of national carrier Pakistan International Airways’ (PIA) fleet, 65% of Shaheen Air International’s fleet, and 100% of both Air Blue and Air Indus’s fleets.

This partnership includes GE’s servicing of PIA’s fleet engines for more than 30 years and a 2012 order for five Boeing B777-300ER airplanes equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful turbofan engines. Delivery of the aircraft is expected to begin in 2015.

For more on GE in Pakistan and its commitment to the country’s aviation industry, click here. For more on GE Aviation engines, click here.

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