There is no region in the world with a higher concentration of large GE jet engines than the Middle East.
The Dubai-based airline Emirates alone has 131 GE90-powered 777s in service and their engines just completed 1 million cycles, or trips – each cycle includes one takeoff and one landing. That number is now set to grow faster since Emirates has 44 more 777s with the same engine on order.
GE’s latest engine – the GE9X – will also power the carrier’s 150 new next-generation 777X jets it has on order. All of these engines are worth many billions of dollars, and GE Aviation just signed a $16 billion deal with Emirates to service its forthcoming GE9X engines for a dozen years after they enter service.
Aside from those Goliaths, GE has a lot more power plants on the jets parked at Dubai International Airport. There’s the GEnx for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 aircraft and all the GE tech inside the Engine Alliance GP7200, which power the Airbus A380 double-deckers.
Engine Alliance currently powers 67 Emirates A380s and is slated to supply engines for 23 more.
The situation is similar for other local airlines like Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and even budget carriers like Flydubai. Not surprisingly their planes and engines dominates the Dubai airshow. Take a look.