Onwards On Wing: Etihad Signs Engine Agreements for Boeing 777 Freighters
One reputable assessment of life in 2030 says that kids will use magnetized floating skateboards, cars will be driverless, and teachers will use holograms in the classroom. This futuristic view conveys just how far into the future the recently-announced GE Aviation engine sales and service agreement with Etihad Airways reaches.
The agreement is for GE90-115B engines to power two Etihad Boeing 777 Freighters, and also includes an aircraft engine service accord that will be in place through 2027. It was announced at Dubai Airshow 2015. The new engines and OnPoint solution agreement are valued at more than $475 million (USD) engine list price and over the life of the service agreements.
The popular GE90-115B engine includes such performance-enhancing features as three-dimensional aerodynamic (3-D aero) compressor and wide-chord, swept composite fan blades for greater efficiency. The dual annular combustor emits no more than 40% of the hydrocarbons allowed by today’s international standards. In addition, today’s GE90-115B engines have been enhanced to reduce fuel burn by 3.6% from the 2000 launch specifications.
The GE90 engine family powers all Boeing 777 models and is the exclusive powerplant on the 777-300ER, -200LR, and Freighter. The family has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours and 8 million cycles since entering service in 1995.
While there’s no telling what daily life really will be like for kids in 2030, today’s agreement means that far into the future, GE will be servicing Etihad’s GE9X engines to help lower the cost of ownership and maximize use of the engines.