GP7200 Engines Recognized for Fuel Consumption Benefit
Airbus recently revised its performance handbook to indicate that GP7200-powered A380 aircraft have been demonstrating fuel consumption levels better than previously stated. This latest revision – the third positive adjustment since 2007 - reflects an additional 0.5 percent improvement to the previous version of the performance handbook and further increases the GP7200-powered aircraft’s competitive advantage. Aircraft purchasers frequently refer to these assessments as a predictor of aircraft and engine performance.
The GP7200 engine entered service in 2008, and 32 GP7200-powered A380s are now in service. Current operators include Emirates with 21 aircraft, Air France with six and Korean Air with five. Other GP7200 customers include Air Austral, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. To date, Engine Alliance GP7200 engines have been selected to power 56% of all A380s.
The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.
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