Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine Hits 500,000 In-Service Flight Hours; Nears Third Anniversary of Entry Into Service
PARIS AIR SHOW, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine has achieved another milestone, reaching 500,000 revenue flight hours in June.
"This milestone is a tribute to the success of the partnership between GE and Pratt & Whitney," Engine Alliance President Mary Ellen Jones said. "Together, we've built a wonderfully reliable and fuel efficient engine for the A380, as demonstrated by our engines in service."
On August 1, the Engine Alliance will celebrate the third anniversary of the GP7200s entry into service with the world's largest A380 operator, Emirates.
"The GP7200 engines on our 15 in-service A380 aircraft have proven to be highly fuel efficient and extremely quiet," His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said.
There are 22 GP7200-powered A380s in service. Korean Air entered service with its first GP7200-powered A380 on June 10. Air France received its sixth A380 in June and Emirates is operating 15 GP7200-powered A380s. Other GP7200 customers include Etihad Airways and Air Austral.
The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The GP7200 is the result of innovations to the combined technologies of its member companies' most successful wide-body engines: the GE90 and the PW4000. The GP7200 utilizes the lessons learned from more than 35 million flight hours of successful operation with these legacy engines and incorporates new technology to produce the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380. The GP7200 is certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust and has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN). Its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.
GP7200 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany). For more information about the Engine Alliance, visit www.enginealliance.com.