Every 30 seconds, an aircraft equipped with GE technology takes off in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. With almost 2,900 jet engines in service, GE and its joint venture partners help fly two-thirds of all flights in the region including Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Air Algérie, Royal Air Moroc, Tunisair, and Pakistan International Airlines, among others. Our Aviation business supports more than 80 airline customers with dedicated field service and sales support teams.
GE invests significantly in the region. Through its GE Advanced Technology and Research Center (GE ATRC) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park, GE offers maintenance training on its advanced jet engines to assist the needs of its customers in the region. GE has partnered with Dubai’s Emirates Airlines to design and construct the airline’s Test Cell Facility, as well as its state-of-the-art engine maintenance shop. Our newest facility, located in the Dubai Airport Free Zone is the Middle East Aviation Technology Center, a place where GE will collaborate with customers on engineering and software solutions.
The newest member of the GE aircraft engine family, the innovative GE9X, has been years in the making. The GE9X will be the most fuel-efficient engine GE has ever produced on a per-pounds-of-thrust basis, designed to reduce fuel consumption significantly over its predecessor, including: 10% better SFC than the GE90-115B-powered 777-300ER and 5% better SFC than any other twin-aisle engine in 2020.
In 2013, Emirates and Etihad Airways, airlines based in the UAE, ordered 350 of the new GE9X engines, which will enter service by the end of the decade.
The GE90 series of engines are built exclusively for Boeing's 777 aircraft and are the world’s most powerful turbofan engine, with the GE90-115B holding the world record for 127,900 lbs. of thrust. GE also introduced the first ever composite fan blade in commercial aviation on the GE90. The lighter blades reduce the weight of the engine and help lower fuel burn, contributing to substantial cost savings and lower emissions.