Onwards On Wing: 11 Feet, 12 Years, 300 Engines, 1 Million Cycles, 16 Billion Dollars
Eleven feet in diameter, 12 years, 300 aircraft engines, 1 million cycles, 16 billion US dollars … Everything about the GE partnership with Emirates Airlines is big.
Today at Dubai Airshow 2015, GE Aviation and Emirates announced the finalized OnPoint solution service agreement for the GE9X engines that will power 150 Boeing 777X twin-engine aircraft. This is Emirates’ largest single engine MRO contract to date.
Emirates announced it would purchase the 150 aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2013, marking GE Aviation’s largest-ever commercial jet engine award from an airline.
The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service agreement for the 300 GE9X engines, which are behemoths measuring 11 feet in diameter, is worth more than US$ 16 billion at list price. The agreement will run for 12 years when the planes and engines go into service at the end of the decade.
Also announced by both companies was a 12-year OnPoint solution agreement covering the maintenance and inventory support for various avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems on all Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft currently in service and the 44 more 777-300ERs on order.
In addition, the two companies used the biennial air show as an opportunity to celebrate another big number they shared: the accumulation by Emirates of 1 million cycles with its GE90 engine fleet. A full cycle constitutes one engine takeoff and landing.
OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets.
Backed by GE’s global support network, OnPoint services may include overhaul, on wing support, new and used serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and integrated systems.
The relationship between GE Aviation and Emirates extends beyond the delivery and support of jet engines, with GE playing an integral role in the construction of Emirates’ expanding engine overhaul capability for the Middle East and Asia.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the GE90-powered Boeing 777-300ERs, with more than 100 aircraft in its fleet and more pending delivery.