GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft and has a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aviation recorded revenues of $20 billion (US) in 2012.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), GE Aviation employs about 40,000 people and operates manufacturing, overhaul, and repair facilities worldwide. About 25,000 jet engines from GE and its partner companies (CFM International and The Engine Alliance) are in airline service. An aircraft powered by GE or CFM engines takes flight every 2 seconds.
Commitment to Technology
GE Aviation invests more than $1 billion (U.S.) annually in jet propulsion Research & Development programs. This tradition of commitment to new technology has delivered value to our customers around the globe, with a proud list of “firsts” in jet propulsion, tracing back to 1942 with America’s first jet engine.
Key Engines in Production or Under Development
GE Aviation is experiencing record production levels for its commercial engines, which stems from record orders placed since 2007. In 2011, GE Aviation produced about 3,000 commercial and military engines. Production reached 3,552 engines in 2012, and about 4,000 engine deliveries are expected in 2013. The majority of this increase is driven by orders for GE’s large GE90 and GEnx engines as well as the best-selling CFM56 engines from CFM International.
Engine Programs in Service
GEnx: The GEnx, developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 747-8, is GE’s fastest-selling large engine in its history. Using engine architecture based on the GE90, the GEnx provides new levels of operating efficiencies, using a composite fan case and blades, and a unique combustion system for vastly lower emissions. The GEnx entered service in 2011 on the 747-8 and entered service in 2012 on the 787.
GE90: The world’s most powerful engine, the GE90, represents GE’s commitment to twin-engine jumbo jets by taking the Boeing 777 non-stop distances never achieved before with twin-engine airplanes. The GE90 is the first jet engine with composite fan blades.
CFM56: CFM International (50/50 jointly owned by GE and Snecma) is the most successful joint company in jet propulsion history. CFM has produced nearly 25,000 engines for commercial and military applications in service, including the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737.
CF6: The CF6 powers a variety of twin-aisle aircraft, such as the Airbus A300, A310, and A330, as well as the Boeing 747, 767, and MD-11. The engine family in 2012 celebrated 40 years of service, powering commercial aircraft around the world.
GP7200: Produced by The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of GE and Pratt & Whitney, the GP7200 entered service in 2008 powering the Airbus A380.
T700/CT7: Powering 21 types of rotary and fixed wing aircraft, the T700 has more than 15,000 engines delivered around the world.
Engine Programs Under Development
LEAP: CFM International is developing its next-generation engine called the LEAP, which will power the COMAC C919, Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. More than 4,000 LEAP engines are already on order.
GE9X: The GE9X, now under study with component testing underway, will follow the highly successful GE90-115B engine that entered service in 2004, powering the Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200LR. A full core test is scheduled for 2015.
PASSPORT: The first development engine goes to test in 2013 for GE’s Passport engine, being developed for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft.
GE38: The successful development and testing of the GE38 turboshaft engine continues in support of Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program under development for the U.S. Marine Corps.
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