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November 26, 2009 - Mary Ellen Jones has been named President of the Engine Alliance.

November 17, 2009 - Air Austral Reaffirms its Selection of Engine Alliance GP7200 Engines and Fleet Management Agreement.

October 30, 2009 - Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine Enters Service with Air France.

August 24, 2009 - Engine Alliance Celebrates One Year of Reliable Service.

June 17, 2009 - Air Austral Selects Engine Alliance GP7200 Engines and Associated Fleet Management Agreement.

June 16, 2009 - Etihad Airways Selects Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines and Fleet Management Agreement.

June 2, 2009 - Emirates Signs Fleet Management Agreement with Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines.

May 21, 2009 - The Engine Alliance (EA) shipped the first GP7200 propulsor to Emirates on May 21.

February 18, 2009 - Air France GP7200-Powered A380 Takes First Flight.

October 8, 2008 - Flawless Entry into Service for Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine on the Airbus A380.

August 1, 2008 - First Engine Alliance GP7200 Engines Enter Service with Emirates.

July 14, 2008 - First GP7200-Powered A380 to Enter Service August 1st.

June 4, 2008 - Jim Moravecek to Succeed Bruce Hughes as Engine Alliance President.

February 15, 2008 - Engine Alliance Introduces Innovative, Realistic Customer Training.

December 14, 2007 - GP7200-powered A380 Receives FAA, EASA Type Certifications.

November 11, 2007 - Emirates Selects GP7200 Engines for Additional Airbus A380 Aircraft.

November 11, 2007 - Emirates Signs Fleet Management Agreement with Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines.

June 18, 2007 - GP7200-Powered A380 Debuts at the Paris Air Show.

May 14, 2007 - Engine Alliance Ships First Production Engines to Airbus.

April 23, 2007 - Engine Alliance GP7200 Achieves EASA Engine Certification.

March 19, 2007 – Engine Alliance GP7200 Half Way Through A380 Flight Test Program.

February 6, 2007 - Engine Alliance’s Flight Test Program On Track.

October 30, 2006 - GP7200-Powered A380 Completes High Altitude and Hot Weather Testing.

August 25, 2006 - First GP7200-Powered Airbus A380 Takes Its First Flight.

July 18, 2006 – UPS Selects GP7200 Engines for Airbus A380 Fleet.

April 25, 2006 – Air France Industries Finalizes Agreement to Repair the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine.

February 20, 2006 – Engine Alliance GP7200 Readying for First Flight on the A380.

January 4, 2006 - Engine Alliance GP7200 Achieves FAA Certification.

November 21, 2005 - GP7200 Engine Concludes FAA Engine Certification Testing.

September 29, 2005 - Engine Alliance Delivers First A380 Engines to Airbus.

June 14, 2005 - Korean Air Selects Engine Alliance as A380 Supplier.

June 13, 2005 - Development Testing Nears Completion on the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine.

December 6, 2004 - GP7200 Takes to the Skies in First Flight Test.

October 25, 2004 - Air France Industries Sets Up Repair Facility for the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine.

September 13, 2004 - Engine Alliance Establishes First GP7000 Maintenance Center.

July 19, 2004 - Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engines Exceed Performance Expectations During Initial Testing.

July 19, 2004 - Engine Alliance Unveils New Logo.

April 21, 2004 - Engine Alliance completes first GP7000 initial testing.

April 6, 2004 - GP7200 engine has produced more than the 76,500 pounds of thrust.

March 4, 2004 - The first GP7200 engine is completed.

Mary Ellen Jones has been named President of the Engine Alliance

East Hartford, Conn - November 26, 2009

Mary Ellen Jones has been named President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Jones will succeed Jim Moravecek who will return to Pratt & Whitney in a new leadership position.

Jones comes to the Engine Alliance from Pratt & Whitney where she most recently led Commercial Engines & Global Services Marketing. Prior to this role, she served at the Engine Alliance as head of Sales & Marketing.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Engine Alliance during an exciting time when the GP7200 is doing so well in service, and we have additional A380 aircraft with GP7200 engines entering service,” Jones said. “It is also an honor to succeed Jim Moravecek, whose leadership has helped this joint venture become even more successful.”

Throughout her career with Pratt & Whitney, Jones has held positions of increasing responsibility both domestically and internationally in sales, government relations and communications. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in Business from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University

“I am confident that Mary Ellen's experience with the Engine Alliance and commitment to our customers will be an asset to the Engine Alliance,” said Moravecek. “I wish Mary Ellen and the entire Engine Alliance team continued success.”

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE manufacturing the high pressure compressor, combustor and high pressure turbine, and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, Connecticut. GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

The GP7200 entered revenue service in 2008, with the first Emirates A380. Since entering service, the GP7200-powered A380 has not had an in-flight shutdown and has demonstrated a departure reliability of 99.9%.

In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 entered service with Air France this month and has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Korean Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Austral and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC).

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Air Austral Reaffirms its Selection of Engine Alliance GP7200 Engines and Fleet Management Agreement

DUBAI, November 17, 2009

Air Austral has reaffirmed its selection of the Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power its two Airbus A380 aircraft and its selection of the Engine Alliance as its service provider to maintain, repair and overhaul the engines with a 10-year Fleet Management Agreement. This affirmation coincides with Air Austral's formal announcement today that it has finalized an agreement with Airbus to purchase two A380 aircraft. The engine selection and Fleet Management Agreement were announced at the 2009 Paris Air Show.The total value of the deal is worth $240M (USD) at list prices.

Based in Saint Denis, La Reunion, Air Austral has provided service over the Indian Ocean since 1975. The airline flies to nearby Indian Ocean islands as well as locations in France, Australia, South Africa and Thailand. In January, Air Austral announced plans to have its new A380 aircraft operated in a single, economy class configuration on its high-density route from La Reunion to Paris, France, through a subsidiary airline working under a "low-cost" model.

"Air Austral's use of the A380 in a high density configuration demonstrates the flexibility of the A380," Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek said. "We're delighted they've chosen our fuel efficient GP7200 engines to help them increase the value of this remarkable aircraft."

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE manufacturing the high pressure compressor, combustor and high pressure turbine, and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine.Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, Connecticut. GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

The GP7200 entered revenue service in 2008, with the first Emirates A380. Since entering service, the GP7200-powered A380 has not had an in-flight shutdown and has demonstrated a departure reliability of 99.9%.

In addition to Air Austral, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC).

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine Enters Service with Air France

HAMBURG, GERMANY, Oct. 30, 2009

Today Air France took delivery of its first GP7200-powered Airbus A380. Airbus delivered the first of 12 A380s to Air France at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.

Air France was the first airline to select GP7200 engines when it announced its order with the Engine Alliance at the Paris Air Show in 2001. It will be the first European airline to operate the A380 when it enters revenue service in November.

“Air France was the first airline to recognize the value of these engines and order them,” Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek said. “In doing so, they helped provide a foundation for our success. This delivery is an important milestone for us.”

Since entering revenue service in August 2008, the GP7200 has achieved a departure reliability rating of 99.9% and has experienced no in-flight shutdowns with five aircraft in operation.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut). GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

In addition to Air France, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected by Emirates, Etihad, the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC) and Korean Air. Korean Air is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 in December 2010.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Engine Alliance Celebrates One Year of Reliable Service

BEIJING - August 24, 2009

The Engine Alliance's GP7200 engine has marked a successful first year in service with Emirates. Since entering service in August 2008, the GP7200-powered Airbus A380 has had no in-flight shutdowns, and the engine has demonstrated a departure reliability rate greater than 99.9%.

“Over the last year, the GP7200 engine has outperformed expectations and is the most fuel efficient engine in commercial service with the lowest noise signature on the A380,” said Engine Alliance Executive Vice President Bill Blair. “The engine's performance is a testament to the hard work and efforts of employees at both member companies who have developed a strong collaborative relationship focused on delivering and supporting our customers.”

Emirates currently operates five GP7200-powered A380 aircraft and will be the largest operator of GP7200-powered A380 aircraft with a total order of 58 aircraft and more than 250 engines. In the last year, Emirates has logged more than 60,000 flight hours in 1,900 departures and offers one of the longest scheduled flights between Dubai and Sydney, which is about 6,500 nautical miles. Air France is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft in October.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel-efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is designed and built by GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE manufacturing the high pressure compressor, combustor and high pressure turbine in Durham, North Carolina, and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, Connecticut. GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

In addition to Emirates and Air France, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air Austral, Etihad Airways, International Lease Finance Company (ILFC) and Korean Airlines.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Air Austral Selects Engine Alliance GP7200 Engines and Associated Fleet Management Agreement

LE BOURGET – June 17, 2009

EAir Austral has selected Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power its two Airbus A380 aircraft. Air Austral has also selected the Engine Alliance as its service provider to maintain, repair and overhaul the engines with a 10-year Fleet Management Agreement. The total value of the deal is worth $240M (USD) at list prices.

“We have selected the Engine Alliance’s offer and the GP7200 engine because the Engine Alliance’s proposal presents the assurances that suit our requirements for the success of our new economical concept,” Air Austral’s President of the Executive Committee Gérard Etheve said.

Based in Saint Denis, La Reunion, Air Austral has provided service over the Indian Ocean since 1975. The airline flies to nearby Indian Ocean islands as well as locations in France, Australia, South Africa and Thailand. In January, Air Austral announced plans to have its new A380 aircraft operated in a single, economy class configuration on its high-density route from La Reunion to Paris, France, through a subsidiary airline working under a “low-cost” model.

“Air Austral’s use of the A380 in a high density configuration demonstrates the flexibility of the A380,” Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek said. “We’re delighted they’ve chosen our fuel efficient GP7200 engines to help them maximize the value of this remarkable aircraft.”

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt & Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut). GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

The GP7200 entered revenue service in August 2008, with the first Emirates A380. Since entering service, the GP7200-powered A380 has not had an in-flight shutdown and has demonstrated a departure reliability rate greater than 99.9%.

In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, Etihad Airways and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC). Air France is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft in October.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Etihad Airways Selects Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines and Fleet Management Agreement

LE BOURGET – June 16, 2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has selected Engine Alliance GP7200 engines to power its 10 new firm Airbus A380 aircraft. The Abu Dhabi-based airline has also signed a multi-year long-term Fleet Management Agreement with the Engine Alliance for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of its firm GP7200 engine fleet. Total value of the deal is more than $1.3 billion (USD).

A380 deliveries to Etihad Airways are scheduled to begin in 2012. The Engine Alliance will manage services for the GP7200 engine and utilize the MRO capabilities of its member companies, GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, as well as other MRO facilities in its support network.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive officer, said: “Engine Alliances’ engines offer impressive propulsion technology combined with a great support package. The GP7200-powered A380s will play an integral role in our ambitious expansion plan in the coming years. The deal represents the best overall engines solution, taking into account operational, environmental and financial factors.”

“We are delighted with Etihad Airways’ GP7200 engine selection,” said Jim Moravecek, Engine Alliance President. “Our best-in-class fuel consumption product on the aircraft and our commitment to fulfill Etihad’s service needs will enable them to improve revenue generation activities at the lowest operating costs possible. We look forward to playing a role in Etihad’s growth plans for the region and beyond.”

Etihad Airways has achieved significant growth since it first took to the skies in November 2003 and today maintains its position as the world’s fastest-growing commercial airline. From its hub in Abu Dhabi, Etihad operates one of youngest and most environmentally efficient fleets in the world, which is set to grow to 52 by the end of 2009. The award-winning airline also aims to increase its passenger numbers this year to seven million, an increase of 15 percent, while also launching into new markets and further developing its global flight network.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 25 million flight hours of successful operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 is the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut). GP7000 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

The GP7200 entered revenue service in August 2008, with the first Emirates A380. Since entering service, the GP7200-powered A380 has not had an in-flight shutdown and has demonstrated a departure reliability rate greater than 99.9%.

In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC). Air France is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft in October.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Emirates Signs Fleet Management Agreement with Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines

DUBAI - June 2, 2009

Emirates and the Engine Alliance signed a Fleet Management Agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Emirates GP7200 engines that power its A380 fleet. The Fleet Management Agreement is valued at more than $3 billion (USD) over the life of the contract and formalizes the letter of agreement that was first announced in November 2007 at the Dubai Air Show.

The Engine Alliance will manage aftermarket services for the GP7200 engine and utilize the MRO capabilities of its member companies, GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, as well as other MRO facilities in its support network, including the Emirates' facilities in Dubai.

"We are delighted to extend our relationship with Engine Alliance through the formalization of the Fleet Management Agreement for our GP7200 engines,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice president, Engineering and Operations. “We have every confidence in the services provided by Engine Alliance and their member companies, and we look forward to working even more closely with them to support our MRO requirements as more A380s enter the Emirates fleet."

"Emirates will be the largest operator of our GP7200 engines," said Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek. "We look forward to expanding our excellent relationship with Emirates into the services arena."

Emirates entered service with the GP7200-powered A380 in August 2008, and took delivery of its fifth A380 in April. With 58 A380s and more than 250 GP7200 engines on order, Emirates is positioned to operate the largest A380 fleet in the world.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 22 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 is the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380 and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company. Air France is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft in October.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Engine Alliance Ships First GP7200 Propulsor

East Hartford, CT – May 21, 2009

GP7200 Propulsor and Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek

The Engine Alliance (EA) shipped the first GP7200 propulsor to Emirates on May 21.The delivery marks the first time the Engine Alliance and member company Pratt & Whitney have delivered a propulsor, rather than a full engine, to any airline.

“Shipping a propulsor is an innovative way to supply spare engines,” EA Chief Engineer Paul Smith explained. “The fan module has a very long life, so it can be reused with a new propulsor to provide a full spare engine. It's a huge cost savings for the customer.”

According to EA Industrial Director Marios Evripidou, delivering spare propulsors in lieu of spare engines also helps minimize an airline's inventory. “They don't have to keep as many unused fans in inventory because they can reuse the ones they already have,” he said. Shipping propulsors is easier than shipping a full engine, too, Evripidou said. Because they're smaller, they can be transported on most wide-body freighter aircraft. “It gives the customer great transportation flexibility,” he said.

The GP7200 entered revenue service in August 2008 with the first Emirates A380. Since entering service, the GP7200-powered A380 has not had an in-flight shutdown and has demonstrated a departure reliability rate greater than 99.9%.

In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC). Air France is scheduled to receive its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft in October.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. It benefits from the two programs' latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 22 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 is the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut).

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Air France GP7200-Powered A380 Takes First Flight

TOULOUSE, France, Feb. 18, 2009

The first Air France A380, powered with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, successfully completed a 4-hour inaugural test route flight from Airbus, Toulouse on Feb. 12, 2009.

The aircraft flew to Airbus Hamburg on Feb. 16, where it will be painted in Air France livery, and its interior will be customized for the airline.The A380 is scheduled for delivery to Air France in October.

The aircraft is the first of 12 A380s Air France has on order, and all 12 will be powered with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.Air France is the second customer for the joint venture company of GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, whose GP7200 engines entered service with Emirates last August. "This first flight represents another milestone in the GP7200 program," Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek said."We're ready for our entry into service with Air France this year, and we couldn't be more excited about working with them."

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.The A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London's QC2 departure noise rules.According to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification test data, the GP7200 engine is the quietest engine on this aircraft.The GP7200's environmental emissions are also well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC, and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, Conn.

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).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
US: 513.243.0094

P&W: Katy Padgett, kathleen.padgett@pw.utc.com
US: 860.565.3433

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Flawless Entry into Service for Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine on the Airbus A380.

The entry into service for the Engine Alliance GP7200 on the Airbus A380 has been “flawless,” according to Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek. “Its performance has been predictable and consistent with the extensive development and service readiness endurance testing we've been performing all along,” he said, “and we plan to keep on testing the engine even beyond our entry into service with Air France next year.”

“Since entering revenue service on the first Emirates A380 on August 1st, we've experienced no engine related issues that could have caused a disruption for Emirates,” Engine Alliance Product Support Director Ed Bendernagel said. “The engines have performed as well, if not better, than we expected,” Bendernagel said. “But the real story is the fuel efficiency.”

The A380 is a fuel efficient aircraft, and the GP7200 engine offers the lowest fuel consumption available on the aircraft. With the rising cost of fuel, it's an important consideration for airlines. “Our GP7200 engines will save us over 500,000 liters of fuel per aircraft per year,” Emirates CEO HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said at the A380 delivery ceremony in Hamburg.

In addition to low fuel burn, Emirates mechanics were surprised to discover their GP7200-powered A380 burns almost no oil. “They were actually a bit concerned at first,” Bendernagel said, “because this engine just doesn't burn any oil. It's really just a result of our robust oil system design.”

The GP7200-powered A380 received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2007. In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company. The Engine Alliance is in active sales campaigns with potential customers around the world.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. The GP7200 powered A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London's QC2 departure noise rules. EASA certification test data revealed that the GP7200 is, overall, the quietest engine for the A380. The engine's environmental emissions are also well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut).

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric Aviation (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.comUS: 513.243.0094

P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.comUS: 860-565-8938

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Flawless Entry into Service for Engine Alliance GP7200 Engine on the Airbus A380.

The entry into service for the Engine Alliance GP7200 on the Airbus A380 has been “flawless,” according to Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek. “Its performance has been predictable and consistent with the extensive development and service readiness endurance testing we've been performing all along,” he said, “and we plan to keep on testing the engine even beyond our entry into service with Air France next year.”

“Since entering revenue service on the first Emirates A380 on August 1st, we've experienced no engine related issues that could have caused a disruption for Emirates,” Engine Alliance Product Support Director Ed Bendernagel said. “The engines have performed as well, if not better, than we expected,” Bendernagel said. “But the real story is the fuel efficiency.”

The A380 is a fuel efficient aircraft, and the GP7200 engine offers the lowest fuel consumption available on the aircraft. With the rising cost of fuel, it's an important consideration for airlines. “Our GP7200 engines will save us over 500,000 liters of fuel per aircraft per year,” Emirates CEO HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said at the A380 delivery ceremony in Hamburg.

In addition to low fuel burn, Emirates mechanics were surprised to discover their GP7200-powered A380 burns almost no oil. “They were actually a bit concerned at first,” Bendernagel said, “because this engine just doesn't burn any oil. It's really just a result of our robust oil system design.”

The GP7200-powered A380 received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2007. In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company. The Engine Alliance is in active sales campaigns with potential customers around the world.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. The GP7200 powered A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London's QC2 departure noise rules. EASA certification test data revealed that the GP7200 is, overall, the quietest engine for the A380. The engine's environmental emissions are also well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC (North Carolina), and Pratt &Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, CT (Connecticut).

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric Aviation (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
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First GP7200-Powered A380 to Enter Service August 1.

FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW – July 14, 2008 – The first GP7200-powered Airbus A380 will enter service with Emirates on August 1 operating from Dubai (DXB) to New York (JFK). The aircraft, which will be delivered to the Middle East carrier on July 28, is the first of 58 on order from Emirates making them the world’s largest operator of the A380 super jumbo jet. The milestone will mark the first Engine Alliance-powered aircraft to enter revenue service since the partnership was formed in 1996 to design and manufacture the GP7200 engine for the A380.

“We are delighted that the world’s largest A380 fleet will be powered by the GP7200 engine,” Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek said. “The GP7200 is the most fuel efficient, quietest engine for the A380. We are excited to deliver this value to our customers beginning with this first GP7200-powered aircraft for Emirates.”

The GP7200-powered A380 received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2007. In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, and the International Lease Finance Company. The Engine Alliance is currently in active sales campaigns around the world with potential customers. The Engine Alliance has been working closely with Emirates and Airbus to ensure a smooth entry into service for the first GP7200-power aircraft.

“This delivery marks an important milestone for Emirates, Airbus, and the Engine Alliance,” said Ed Bendernagel, director, Product Support for the Engine Alliance. “This represents the culmination of years of planning and preparation by all three companies and we are ready. We’re excited to begin the operational phase of the GP7200 program and we’re ready to provide world class support to Emirates and our other customers.”

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. The engine benefits from the two programs’ latest proven technologies and incorporates lessons learned from more than 18.8 million flight hours of safe operation on both engines. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London’s QC2 departure noise rules. The engine’s environmental emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC, and P&W manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at P&W’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT.

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric Aviation (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, rick.l.kennedy@ge.com
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P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Jim Moravecek to Succeed Bruce Hughes as Engine Alliance President

East Hartford, CT – June 4, 2008

Jim Moravecek has been named President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Moravecek will succeed Bruce Hughes who will return to GE Aviation in a leadership position.

Moravecek has been with Engine Alliance-partner Pratt & Whitney for 35 years. He assumes the Engine Alliance’s top position after having been the Director of the GP7200 program for Pratt & Whitney since 2005.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Engine Alliance as we work toward the flawless entry into service of the GP7200 engine later this year,” Moravecek said. “It is an honor to succeed Bruce Hughes, whose leadership has made this joint venture and the engine itself so successful.”

Throughout his career with Pratt & Whitney, Moravecek has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing and program management. Moravecek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

“Jim’s commitment to the Engine Alliance and extensive experience with our customers gives me every confidence that both the Engine Alliance and our customers will benefit from his leadership,” said Bruce Hughes. “I wish Jim and the entire Engine Alliance team the best success.”

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. The engine benefits from the two programs’ latest proven technologies and incorporates lessons learned from more than 18.8 million flight hours of safe operation on both engines. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London’s QC2 departure noise rules. The engine’s environmental emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC, and P&W manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly is conducted at P&W’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, rick.l.kennedy@ge.com
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P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Engine Alliance Introduces Innovative, Realistic Customer Training

East Hartford, CT – February 15, 2008

The Engine Alliance (EA) has implemented an innovative customer training program in preparation for the GP7200-powered Airbus A380’s entry into service with Emirates this summer.  The company modified its existing customer training center, located in East Hartford, CT, to incorporate the installation of a pylon which simulates all aircraft interfaces for the engine and nacelle.

“It’s the best replica of an actual engine for training we have ever had,” said EA Product Support Director Ed Bendernagel. “The training experience for our GP7200 customers will be more realistic than ever.  It will include training that before could only be done on an actual aircraft.”

Training for Emirates employees began in January and the airline’s response has been favorable and enthusiastic.  Line and Base Maintenance, Engine Change, and Boroscope Inspection are just some of the training courses the EA has developed exclusively for its customers.

Emirates is scheduled to accept delivery of the first of its 58 GP7200-powered A380s in August.  The jet’s revenue entry into service is expected to follow in October.

The EA will begin training Air France associates later this year in preparation for that airline’s first scheduled GP7200-powered A380 delivery in February 2009.

Customer training began less than a month after the GP7200-powered A380 received Federal Aviation Administration FAR 25 and European Aviation Safety Agency CS-25 type certificates in dual ceremonies in France and the U.S. in December.  The certification followed 16 months of rigorous testing, with the GP7200 performing flawlessly. 

“The GP7000 has met or bettered all of its technical metrics, including being 0.9% more fuel efficient than what we promised Airbus,” said EA Vice President Jim Moravecek.

Moravecek is confident that the GP7200-powered A380 will have a smooth entry into service.  “The development engine successfully completed the equivalent of eight or nine years of airline operation,” he said, “giving us high confidence that the GP7200 will be highly reliable as it enters revenue service.”

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  The engine benefits from the two programs’ latest proven technologies and incorporates lessons learned from more than 18.8 million flight hours of safe operation on both engines.  The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London’s QC2 departure noise rules.  The engine’s environmental emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC, and P&W manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine.  Final engine assembly is conducted at P&W’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT.

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
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P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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GP7200-powered A380 Receives FAA, EASA Type Certifications


Engine Alliance President Bruce Hughes (right) is shown presenting a collage of the program’s history to Airbus Executive Vice President Mario Heinen at the EASA certification ceremony in Toulouse, France, on December 14, 2007.

Toulouse – December 14, 2007 - The Engine Alliance GP7200-powered Airbus A380 received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today.   The joint certification follows 16 months of flight testing and paves the way for entry into service with Emirates next year.

During the Airbus flight test program, the GP7200 engine achieved or exceeded all test objectives.  The GP7200 is the most extensively tested engine designed specifically for large commercial aircraft, having accumulated 240 flights and 2,855 engine flight hours. In addition to flight testing, the GP7200 engine has amassed more than 5,250 hours and 17,760 cycles of endurance ground testing.  Continued ground testing will ensure mature engine reliability from its first revenue flight.  

“The GP7200-powered A380 has been performing extremely well throughout the development and certification program,” said Mario Heinen, Airbus Executive Vice President. "The aircraft is consistently meeting and often exceeding its design targets." 

“This certification is a major milestone for our engine and is a great achievement for our team,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “The engine has proven itself to be a fantastic power plant for the A380 and we look forward to a successful entry into service with Emirates.” 

Prior to certification, the GP7200 had captured firm orders for 50% of all A380s on order including Emirates, which will be the world’s largest fleet of A380s. 

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  The engine benefits from the two programs’ latest proven technologies and incorporates lessons learned from more than 18.8 million flight hours of safe operation on both engines.  The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and London’s QC2 departure noise rules.  The engine’s environmental emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations. 

The GP7200 is manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the core in Durham, NC, and P&W manufacturing the fan module, low pressure compressor and low pressure turbine.  Final engine assembly is conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s Engine Center in Middletown, CT.

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric Aviation (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
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P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Emirates Selects GP7200 Engines for Additional Airbus A380 Aircraft

DUBAI—November 11, 2007—Emirates has selected the GP7200 engine to power its 12 additional Airbus A380 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $800 million (USD) list price.

“Emirates is the launch customer for the GP7200 and we are pleased that they have selected the Engine Alliance to supply the powerplant for its additional A380 aircraft,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “Our product support team has been working with Emirates to ensure a smooth entry into service when it takes delivery of its first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft next year.”

Emirates has ordered a total of 55 GP7200-powered A380 aircraft and will have the largest A380 fleet for any airline. Deliveries for the A380 aircraft to Emirates will begin in the third quarter 2008.

The GP7200-powered A380 flight test program is nearing completion in preparation for joint U.S. (FAR25) and European (EASA) aircraft certification in December. The engines have performed flawlessly and have met or bettered all critical targets for performance, durability, noise and emissions. In-flight performance measurements confirm the GP7200 engine is the most fuel-efficient engine for the A380 aircraft – burning less engine fuel than required by the Airbus specification—and is also the most fuel-efficient certified wide-body engine in the world.

The GP7200 engine is one of the most thoroughly tested engines ever developed specifically for a four-engine commercial aircraft. The Engine Alliance subjected the GP7200 engine to 7,000 endurance cycles as part of the certification test program. Post-certification engine testing has continued in an effort to uncover and remedy any hardware durability or reliability issues well before the A380 enters service in 2008. Development engine serial number 550-007 recently completed 3,005 endurance cycles as part of a propulsion system maturity demonstration. This engine is identical to the current production engine configuration. Another 1,000 Service Ready Endurance cycles are planned on test engine followed by a complete engine teardown and detailed hardware inspection. To date, the GP7200 test program has amassed more than 16,500 engine endurance cycles and more than 5,000 hours of ground testing, surpassing the goal of 15,000 endurance cycles prior to entry into service.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 18.8 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

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).

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
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P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Emirates Signs Fleet Management Agreement with Engine Alliance for GP7200 Engines

DUBAI—November 11, 2007—Emirates has signed a Fleet Management Agreement with the Engine Alliance for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GP7200 engines that will power its Airbus A380 fleet. The Fleet Management Agreement is valued at $3 billion (USD) over the life of the contract.

“As the largest customer of the GP7200 engines, Emirates is an important customer for the Engine Alliance and we look forward to working together with them to fulfill their service needs,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance.

Emirates has ordered more than 240 GP7200 engines to power its 55 A380 aircraft and will operate the largest A380 fleet of any airline. Deliveries for the A380 aircraft to Emirates will begin in the third quarter 2008.

The Engine Alliance will manage aftermarket services for the GP7200 engine and utilize the MRO capabilities of its parent companies, General Electric Company and Pratt & Whitney, as well as other MRO facilities in its support network.

The GP7200-powered A380 flight test program is nearing completion in preparation for joint U.S. (FAR25) and European (EASA) aircraft certification in December. The engines have performed flawlessly and have met or bettered all critical targets for performance, durability, noise and emissions. In-flight performance measurements confirm the GP7200 engine is the most fuel-efficient engine for the A380 aircraft – burning less engine fuel than required by the Airbus specification—and is also the most fuel-efficient certified wide-body engine in the world.

The GP7200 engine is one of the most thoroughly tested engines ever developed specifically for a four-engine commercial aircraft. The Engine Alliance subjected the GP7200 engine to 7,000 endurance cycles as part of the certification test program. Post-certification engine testing has continued in an effort to uncover and remedy any hardware durability or reliability issues well before the A380 enters service in 2008. To date, the GP7200 test program has amassed more than 16,500 engine endurance cycles and more than 5,000 hours of ground testing, surpassing the goal of 15,000 endurance cycles prior to entry into service.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 18 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

For further information, contact: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).

GE: Deb Case, deborah.case@ge.com
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GP7200-Powered A380 Debuts at the Paris Air Show

LE BOURGET, France, June 18, 2007: The GP7200-powered A380 aircraft will make its public debut at the Paris Air show this week, where it will take to the skies on daily flying displays and continue the A380 tradition of awing crowds and stealing the show. “We are thrilled to see the GP7200-powered A380 at the Paris Air Show,” says Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “The engine has been performing very well, demonstrating that the Engine Alliance partnership has produced an outstanding product.”

MSN009, the GP7200-powered A380 flight test aircraft, has been successfully checking off test milestones in preparation for joint U.S. (FAR25) and European (EASA) aircraft certification in December of this year.

Having started in August 2006, the flight-test program is nearing completion and has made 135 test flights and accumulated more than 1,600 engine flight hours to date. In-flight performance measurements confirm that the GP7200 is not only the most fuel-efficient engine for the A380 aircraft – burning less engine fuel than required by the Airbus specification –it is also the most fuel-efficient certified wide-body engine in the world.

Most recently, in-flight noise certification testing was completed in Morón de la Frontera, Spain. Preliminary review of over 200 flight conditions indicates that the GP7200-powered A380 is on target to meet Stage 4 noise requirements with significant margin, as well as comply with the stringent London Airport QC2 departure and QC.5 arrival noise limits. Upcoming flight tests include a 150-hour functional and reliability route-proving demonstration planned for this fall. And starting in July, the GP7200 will begin 3,000-cycles of service-ready ground endurance testing to further mature the engine and ensure a smooth entry-into-service.

The Engine Alliance delivered the first set of four GP7200 production engines to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France earlier this month, where they will be installed on the first A380 aircraft for Emirates.

In addition to Emirates, the GP7200 engine has been selected by Air France, which recently increased its A380 order from 10 to 12 aircraft, Korean Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation to power their A380’s.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in May 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new, high-capacity, long-range aircraft.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com
US: 513.243.3372 

P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Engine Alliance Ships First Production Engines to Airbus

Windsor Locks, Connecticut – May 14, 2007:  The Engine Alliance has shipped the first set of four GP7200 production engines to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, where they will be installed on the first A380 aircraft for Emirates.  The engines were trucked from Pratt & Whitney’s Middletown Engine Center, where final assembly and test were completed, to Bradley Airport for loading into an Antonov cargo aircraft.  They arrived in Toulouse this morning.

The GP7200, the most fuel-efficient engine for the A380, has completed the majority of the A380 flight test requirements and recently completed noise certification testing in Morón de la Frontera, Spain.

MSN9, the GP7200-powered flight test aircraft, will be featured at the Paris Air Show in June where it will make daily demonstration flights.

The GP7200-powered A380 is on track to receive Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness certifications in December.

In addition to Emirates, the GP7200 engine has been selected by Air France, Korean Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation to power their A380’s.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in May 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new, high-capacity, long-range aircraft.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com
US: 513.243.3372 

P&W: Matthew Perra, matthew.perra@pw.utc.com
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Engine Alliance GP7200 Achieves EASA Engine Certification

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 23, 2007 – The Engine Alliance has successfully achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) CS-E (Certification Standard-Engine) certification for the GP7200, the Engine Alliance powerplant for the Airbus A380.  The GP7200 is the first large commercial engine to certify according to the full EASA validation requirements.  This follows U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness certification granted to the GP7200 in December 2005.  

“The GP7200 has been performing extremely well throughout the development and certification program, meeting both new FAA and EASA requirements as well as Airbus’ demanding requirements for maturity at entry into service,” said Bruce Hughes, President of the Engine Alliance.  

The GP7200-powered A380 flight-test program has achieved more than half of its test objectives and accumulated 111 flights and 1,348 engine flight hours to date. The aircraft successfully completed natural icing tests earlier this month and will next conduct noise testing in Spain. Joint EASA and FAA aircraft certification is expected by yearend. 

In addition to flight-testing, GP7200 factory engine endurance ground testing has amassed 4,349 hours and more than 13,000 cycles. The EA will launch a service readiness endurance test program this summer designed to accumulate an additional 3,000 cycles of maturity prior to entry into service.

The GP7200 engine has been selected to power the A380s ordered by Emirates, Air France, Korean Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation. The first GP7200-powered A380 will enter service with Emirates in 2008.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: +1-513-243-3372
email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

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Engine Alliance GP7200 Half Way Through A380 Flight Test Program

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., March 19, 2007 – The GP7200-powered A380 flight test program has completed half of its planned test objectives, accumulating 98 flights and just over 300 flying hours.  The engine continues to demonstrate excellent reliability and performance, with GP7200 fuel consumption consistently performing at levels better than specification. 

"The GP7200-powered A380 continues to perform as we execute this rigorous flight test program," said Bruce Hughes, President of the Engine Alliance.  "These tests are demonstrating that the GP7200 is the most fuel efficient engine for the A380 and we look forward to providing that value to our customers when the engine enters service next year."

As the GP7200 continues flight-testing, the engine will undergo natural icing testing over the Alps in late March and April, and noise testing in Morón de la Frontera, Spain in May.  During the summer months the GP7200 flight-test team will complete acoustic and fatigue testing and autopilot/autoland certification, followed by a 150-hour functional and reliability route-proving demonstration in September and October.  FAR 25 and EASA aircraft certification are expected in December of this year.

In addition to flight-testing, GP7200 factory engine endurance testing has amassed nearly 5,000 hours and more than 13,200 cycles to date.  The Engine Alliance remains focused on reliability, maturity and maintainability to ensure absolute readiness starting with the first revenue flight. 

Planning for the GP7200’s entry into service continues with the recent correlation of the GP7200 test cell at the GE Engine Services facility in Wales.  An engine teardown review will take place in May for shop, tooling and procedure validation, ensuring readiness for FAR145 certification before GP7200 entry into service.

The GP7200 engine has been selected to power the A380s ordered by Emirates, Air France, Korean Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation.  The first GP7200-powered A380 will enter service with Emirates in 2008.   

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: +1-513-243-3372
email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

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Engine Alliance’s Flight Test Program On Track

BANGALORE, INDIA  – 6 February 2007 - The Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engine, the best-selling engine on the Airbus A380, continues certification flight-testing on the Airbus A380.

Since the first flight of the test aircraft, MSN009, on 25 August 2006 the GP7200-powered A380 has achieved several testing milestones. Take-off, climb and cruise performance flight-testing has been completed, as well as high-altitude testing in October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the airport is 2,325 meters (7,627 feet) above sea level. Hot weather testing immediately followed in Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees F). Cold weather testing in temperatures of -31 degrees Celsius (-24 degrees F) was done in January in Iqaliut, Canada.

The aircraft will conduct noise testing in Morón de la Frontera, Spain and natural icing flight-testing over the Alps this spring. This summer and autumn will see MSN 009 complete final development and certification testing, to include a 150-hour Function & Reliability demonstration. Airbus and the Engine Alliance will reach a major milestone in December with joint EASA and FAA certification of the GP7200-powered A380.

The GP7200 has made 73 flights and garnered 246 flight hours on the A380 to date, while the overall engine test program has run nearly 5,000 hours and more than 13,000 cycles. The EA will conduct Long-range Operations (LROPS) engine testing starting in the summer, continuing its focus on engine reliability, maturity, and maintainability to ensure absolute readiness starting with the first revenue flight.

In addition to running its rigorous test program, the Engine Alliance is preparing for GP7200 entry into service next year. The EA’s customer support team will host a split-ship demonstration this summer, highlighting the ease of GP7200 transportability. GE Engine Services’ facility in Wales, the initial site for GP7200 shop maintenance, is finalizing tooling installation, test cell correlation and shop training for certification well before the engine enters service. GP7200 customer training will be performed at Pratt & Whitney’s Customer Training Center in East Hartford, Conn., U.S.A., which will welcome its first GP7200 students in October.

The Engine Alliance will deliver the first GP7200 production engines – destined for Emirates 001 -- to Airbus later this year.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 72 of the 138 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, UPS, Korean Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for more than 300 engines valued at approximately $US4 billion.

MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France (part of Safran Group) and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7000 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in May 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: +1-513-243-3372
email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

P&W: Matthew Perra, US: +1-860-565-8938
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GP7200-Powered A380 Completes High Altitude and Hot Weather Testing

TOULOUSE, France—October 30, 2006—The GP7200-powered Airbus A380 flight test aircraft recently returned to Toulouse after completing high altitude and hot weather testing in Africa and the Middle East.

MSN009 landed October 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the airport is 7,627 feet (2,325 meters) above sea level.  The aircraft performed five test flights to evaluate engine performance at high altitude conditions, including engine takeoff performance characteristics, ground starting and transient operations.

Following the successful test series in Ethiopia, MSN009 traveled to Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  In temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees F), the GP7200 engines ran at up to 82,000 pounds of thrust in powering eight test flights to gather data under elevated ambient temperature conditions.

“We continue to be very pleased with the GP7200’s in-flight performance,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance.  “The engine’s fuel burn performance continues to track at or better than our specification to Airbus, and all other parameters are performing just as we expected, even in the punishing high and hot conditions of Addis Ababa and Al Ain.”The GP7200 flight test program has now completed 31 flights and over 110 hours of total testing on the A380.  Since the first GP7200 engine went to test in early 2004 the program has accumulated nearly 13,000 cycles and more than 4,400 test hours, with additional maturation testing to continue through 2008.  The next set of flight certification tests will include cold weather testing in January 2007.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 13 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust for the A380. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 82 of the 140 A380 aircraft ordered where engines have been specified, for a 59% share of A380 engine orders. Air France, Emirates, FedEx, International Lease Finance Corporation, Korean Air and UPS have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for 360 engines valued at more than $5 billion. 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).

For further information, contact:

Engine Alliance: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372, email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

Jennifer Arsenault, U.S.: +1.860.214.7502, email: jennifer.arsenault@pw.utc.com

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First GP7200-Powered Airbus A380 Takes Its First Flight

TOULOUSE, France—August 25, 2006—The GP7200-powered Airbus A380 completed its first flight today, beginning the ten-month flight-testing program that will lead to certification of the aircraft-engine combination by the European and U.S. airworthiness authorities in 2007.   The flight took place at Blagnac International Airport, adjacent to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

“We are thrilled to see the GP7200 take to the skies on the A380,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “Today’s flight is a culmination of more than three years of intense efforts by the Engine Alliance team. We look forward to a successful flight-test program and our first aircraft delivery to Emirates next year.”

Claude Lelaie Senior Vice President of Airbus’ Flight Division and Vice President confirmed,  ”The aircraft once again handled as expected and the GP7200 engines performed very well. There’s still many tests and optimization ahead, but I expect the new Engine Alliance engines to be a success”, Lelaie said.

Today’s flight follows an extensive ground-testing program on the GP7200, in which the test engines accumulated 7,000 cycles prior to receiving airworthiness certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in December 2005.

“The performance of the GP7200 engines in testing has been outstanding,” said Hughes. “The engines are outperforming Airbus’ specifications for fuel consumption and are demonstrating excellent durability.”

To help ensure high engine reliability at entry into service, the Engine Alliance continues maturation testing on the GP7200. To date, test engines have accumulated nearly 13,000 cycles and more than 4,000 test hours, with additional maturation testing to continue through 2008. The first GP7200-powered A380 aircraft will be delivered to Emirates next year, and delivery of the first production engines will begin later this year. The Engine Alliance is already working with Emirates to ensure a smooth entry into service.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  It benefits from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies and the lessons learned from more than 13 million flight hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 82 of the 140 A380 aircraft ordered where engines have been specified for a 59% share of the A380 engine market. Air France, Emirates, FedEx, International Lease Finance Corporation, Korean Air and UPS have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for 360 engines valued at more than $5 billion. 

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).

Engine Alliance: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372, email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

Jennifer Arsenault, U.S.: +1.860.214.7502, email: jennifer.arsenault@pw.utc.com

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UPS Selects GP7200 Engines for Airbus A380 Fleet

FARNBOROUGH  – July 18, 2006 – UPS has selected GP7200 engines to power its fleet of Airbus A380 freighter aircraft.

The UPS engine selection follows its 10 firm Airbus A380 aircraft orders.  UPS also has options on 10 additional A380 aircraft.  The value of the order was not disclosed.  Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2009.

“UPS demands the best,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “We’re delighted the GP7200 is powering the UPS fleet and look forward to working with UPS to ensure a smooth entry into service.”

“The GP7200-powered A380s will play a critical role in our air network for years to come,” said Bob Lekites, Vice President of Airline Operations at UPS.  “We’re counting on our GP7200-powered A380s to help UPS provide world class service to our global customers."

The GP7200 is derived from two of the most successful wide-body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000.  It incorporates the latest proven technologies and its customers benefit from more than 13 million hours of safe operation. Certified at 76,500 pounds of thrust, the engine has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds of thrust.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 59 percent of the A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified and is the engine of choice among all A380 freighter operators. In addition to UPS, Air France, Emirates, FedEx, International Lease Finance Corporation and Korean Air have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for more than 360 engines valued at nearly $5 billion. 

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).

Engine Alliance: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372, email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

Jennifer Arsenault, U.S.: +1.860.214.7502, email: jennifer.arsenault@pw.utc.com

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Air France Industries Finalizes Agreement to Repair the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine

PHOENIX, Arizona – April 25, 2006 - Air France Industries, a world-leading multi-product aircraft maintenance (MRO) provider, and the Engine Alliance have signed an Industrial Cooperation Agreement for Air France Industries to operate as a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) center for the GP7000 engine, the best-selling powerplant for the Airbus A380.

The center will be located in Paris and serve as a repair facility for the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between General Electric Company and Pratt & Whitney, which produces the GP7000 engine. The Air France Industries facility will work as a part of the Engine Alliance MRO network.

Air France, which has ordered GP7000-powered A380s, will start with partial GP7000 service capability next year when the engine enters into service, and ramp up to engine overhaul capability as the fleet grows. The Engine Alliance will provide Air France Industries with a technology package to fulfill its MRO role. Air France Industries and the Engine Alliance will offer customer and product support services, supply chain management, logistics for component repair as well as LRU support.

Air France Industries’ capabilities, with its location in proximity to several of the Engine Alliance GP7000 -powered A380 operators will help GP7000 customers to reduce operating and overhaul costs and resolve logistics issues.  The GP7000 overhaul and repair agreement strengthens Air France Industries’ strategy and leadership to provide MRO services for the large engine segment, which was launched on the GE90-115B engine.

The GP7200 engine received FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification from the U.S Federal Aviation Administration in December 2005 and is preparing for flight tests aboard the A380 later this year. The engines are scheduled to enter service in 2007. 

The GP7000 engine has been selected for 72 of the 130 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. In addition to Air France, Emirates, FedEx, International Lease Finance Corporation and Korean Air have selected the GP7000 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for 320 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

Air France Industries partnering with KLM Engineering & Maintenance are world-leading MRO providers offering outstanding repair capability, integration expertise, component pool operational support and a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 900 aircraft and serve close to 150 international airlines.

Visit Air France Industries at: www.airfranceindustries.com and the Engine Alliance at: www.enginealliance.com.

For any  further information or inquiries, please  contact:

Air France Industries: Press Relations – Ulli GendrotPhone: +33/(0)1.49.34.87.21, e-mail: ulgendrot@airfrance.fr

Engine Alliance: Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372, email: rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

Robin Salisbury, U.S.: 860.565.8220, email: robin.salisbury@pw.utc.com

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Engine Alliance GP7200 Readying for First Flight on the A380

Singapore - February 20, 2006 – In preparation for joining the Airbus A380 flight test program, the first of four Engine Alliance (EA) GP7200 engines has been installed on A380 flight-test aircraft MSN009 at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. All four engines will be installed in March, and the aircraft will enter the A380 flight test program by mid-2006.

This latest EA milestone follows U.S. Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness certification of the GP7200 engine, which was granted in December 2005. The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification followed an extensive, 21-month ground and flight-test program that involved eight engines. During its development and certification program, the GP7200 ran 7,000 cycles, 25 full-scale engine certification tests, and more than 50 component tests, and powered a heavily instrumented 747 flying testbed that collected flight data over a three month period.

The engine is initially certified at 76,500 pounds of thrust and has the capability to produce over 81,500 pounds with the same bill of material. During its certification program, the engine was tested at thrust levels in excess of 94,000 pounds.

"We put the GP7200 through as tough a test regime as any engine has ever faced," said Bruce Hughes, Engine Alliance president. "Even though the engine will be used on the four-engine A380, we tested and certified it to the same standards required for large twin-engine aircraft in ETOPS (Extended-Range Twin Engine Operations).  This has been an outstanding team effort by the Engine Alliance, its parent companies GE and Pratt & Whitney, and its partners, MTU, Snecma and TechSpace Aero. Now we are ready to get on with flight-testing and certification on the A380."

Focused on delivering mature reliability to operators at entry into service, the GP7200 test program has accumulated more than 8,300 cycles and 3,200 hours to date.  The first GP7200-powered A380 will enter service with Emirates in 2007. 

The GP7200 is derived from two successful engines, the GE90 and the PW4000, incorporating all the lessons learned from millions of flight hours and benefiting from the two programs' latest, proven technologies. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 holds the market share lead with 55% of firm engine orders for the A380.  In addition to Emirates, which has purchased or leased a total of 45 A380s, other Engine Alliance customers include Air France, FedEx, Korean Air and International Lease Finance Corporation. The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:
Rick Kennedy U.S.: 513.243.3372
Mark Sullivan U.S.: 860.565.9600

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Engine Alliance GP7200 Achieves FAA Certification

East Hartford, Conn., and Evendale, Ohio - January 4, 2006 - The U. S. Federal Aviation Administration granted airworthiness certification on December 29, 2005 to the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, the leading powerplant for the Airbus A380.

The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification follows an extensive ground and flight-test program that involved eight engines over 21 months. During its development and certification program the GP7200 ran some 7,000 cycles, 25 full-scale engine certification tests and more than 50 component tests, and powered two flight-test programs on a flying test bed.  The engine is initially certified at 76,500 pounds of thrust and has the capability to produce over 81,500 pounds with the same bill of material. During its certification program the engine was tested at thrust levels in excess of 94,000 pounds.

“We put the GP7200 through as tough a test regime as any engine has ever faced,” said Bruce Hughes, Engine Alliance president. “Even though the engine will be used on the four-engine A380, we tested and certified it to the same standards required for large twin-engine aircraft in ETOPS (Extended-Range Twin Engine Operations).  This has been an outstanding team effort by the Engine Alliance, its parent companies GE and Pratt & Whitney, and its partners, MTU, Snecma and TechSpace Aero. Now we are ready to get on with flight-testing and certification on the A380.”

The Alliance delivered four flight-test engines to Airbus in September that will soon be installed on an A380 flight-test aircraft. First flight will take place in 2006 with entry into service at Emirates in 2007.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful engines, the GE90 and the PW4000, incorporating all the lessons learned from millions of flight hours and benefiting from the two programs’ latest, proven technologies. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 holds the market share lead with 55% of announced firm engine orders for the A380.  In addition to Emirates, which has purchased or leased a total of 45 A380s, other Engine Alliance customers include Air France, FedEx, Korean Air and International Lease Finance Corporation. The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE:UTX).

For further information, contact:
Rick Kennedy U.S.: 513.243.3372
Mark Sullivan U.S.: 860.565.9600

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GP7200 Engine Concludes FAA Engine Certification Testing

Dubai 2005 – November 21, 2005 - The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, selected to power Emirates’ new fleet of Airbus A380s, has completed all the required engine tests for certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, opening the way for first flight on the A380 in 2006.

The Engine Alliance completed all required engine certification tests in November and FAA certification is anticipated in December.

“The GP7200 has been put through as tough a development and certification program as any engine has undergone, meeting both new FAA requirements and Airbus requirements for maturity at entry into service,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the EA. “This engine, even though it will fly on the four-engine A380, meets all the demanding requirements for extended range operations on a twin-engine airliner. This is a rock-solid engine that will be a great performer for our customers.”

During its test program the GP7200 ran at more than 94,000 pounds of thrust, significantly higher than initial service requirements of 70,000 pounds of thrust. In many tests the engine was run under conditions it would never see in actual airline service to demonstrate its ruggedness and reliability. Thus far the GP7200 has accumulated nearly 3000 hours and 7000 cycles of testing (a cycle is the equivalent of one takeoff and landing).

The Engine Alliance delivered the first four GP7200 flight-test engines to Airbus in September. All GP7200 engines that have been through production-acceptance testing to date have demonstrated performance levels at or better than the Airbus fuel burn specification.

The GP7200 program is focused on maintainability as well as performance and durability. The Engine Alliance recently hosted a two-week Maintainability Demonstration in which mechanics from customer airlines performed more than 100 approved maintenance procedures on a GP7200 engine to evaluate the engine’s ease of maintenance. This customer feedback will be used to further improve engine maintenance procedures.

The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are below current and anticipated regulations. The engine combines the best technology from the two Engine Alliance 50/50 partners, General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE:UTX). Much of the technology in the engine derives from the highly successful and reliable GE90 and PW4000 engine programs of the two companies.

The GP7200 holds the market share lead with 58% of announced firm engine orders for the A380. Emirates will be the first airline to operate the GP7200 when its A380s enter service in 2007.  Other Engine Alliance customers include Air France, FedEx, Korean Air and International Lease Finance Corporation.

For further information, contact:

Rick Kennedy            U.S.: 513.243.3372

Mark Sullivan            U.S.: 860.565.9600

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Engine Alliance Delivers First A380 Engines to Airbus

Toulouse, France September 29, 2005 - The Engine Alliance (EA) has reached a major milestone in the development of its GP7200 engine with delivery of the first four compliance/flight test engines for the Airbus A380.

Airbus will install nacelle and airplane system components on these engines starting in October to support the upcoming A380/GP7200 flight test program. “Everyone on the Engine Alliance team is very proud today,” said Bruce Hughes, EA president. “This is a goal we have been working towards since GE and Pratt & Whitney formed the Engine Alliance in 1996 - to give airlines the best performing, most reliable engine for new, super jumbo aircraft such as the A380. We are particularly pleased because our compliance engines are right on the Airbus fuel burn specification.”

The GP7200 engine will provide 70,000 pounds of thrust for the A380 with capability to more than 80,000 pounds. It was developed by combining the strong features of the existing PW4090 and GE90 engines. The GP7200’s technologies will enable the A380 to meet stringent Stage 4 and QC2 departure noise standards, and the engine will comply with both today’s and anticipated future emissions requirements.

As the first flight test engines arrived in Toulouse, Federal Aviation Administration FAR33 engine certification testing continues at Pratt & Whitney and GE facilities. Earlier this week the test program passed the 5,000-cycle milestone and is progressing well toward certification later this year. The GP7200 has a 58 percent market share among customers who have made an engine selection for their A380s. EA customers include Emirates, Air France, FedEx, ILFC and Korean Air.

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation-Aircraft Engines (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE:UTX

Contact:
P&W: Mark Sullivan, 860-565-9600
GE: Deborah Case, 513-243-0094

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Korean Air Selects Engine Alliance as A380 Supplier

PARIS — June 14, 2005 — Korean Air announced today that it has selected the GP7200 engine supplied by U.S. based Engine Alliance to power its Airbus 380 aircraft.

Korean Air ordered 23 engines valued at approximately USD300 million. The two companies made the announcement at the Paris Air Show.

“We are pleased with the Engine Alliance’s focus on reliability, maturity and cost of ownership,” said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. “We look forward to introducing GP7200-powered A380s into our fleet.”

The GP7200 engine has a takeoff thrust of approximately 70,000 pounds with capability to more than 80,000 pounds, and was developed by combining the strong features of the existing PW4090 and GE90 engines. The GP7200 engine uses 10 percent less fuel than the current engine used to power the B747-400 and also meets current Stage 3 and proposed level 4 noise level standards with margin.

Korean Air announced that it would purchase five A380s with an option for three more orders in October 2003 as part of its hub to hub strategy to reinforce Incheon International Airport as the logistics hub of Northeast Asia. The deliveries will be made between 2007-2009, and operated initially on high traffic routes between Seoul and the U.S. and Europe.

The new aircraft will enable Korean Air to reach its goal of becoming one of the top ten global airlines in the world by 2010. The A380 will offer enhanced inflight services over what is available on current operating aircraft. More comfortable seats in first and business classes including roomier seats in economy class will allow passengers to upgrade the inflight experience. Other improved service amenities and facilities will be added to entertain passengers during long-haul flights.

The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation-Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company. . The company was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell and support a family of modern technology engines for new high capacity, long range aircraft.

About Korean Air
Korean Air, with a fleet of 113 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20 airlines, and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 90 cities in 32 countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance - partnering AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM and Northwest Airlines to provide customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. More on Korean Air's programs, routes, frequency and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.

Contact: Korean Air Corporate Communications
Email: selpr@koreanair.co.kr

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Development Testing Nears Completion on the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine

PARIS — June 13, 2005 — Development tests continue on the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engine, which will power the Airbus A380 aircraft.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the engine,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “To date, eight development engines have accumulated more than 4,000 cycles and 1,750 hours of operations. We remain on schedule for engine certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October.”

In November 2004, the Engine Alliance successfully conducted fan blade-out containment on the GP7200 engine. This April, the engine successfully completed three separate bird ingestion tests with four 2.5-pound flocking birds, a 5.5-pound bird and an 8-pound bird. This month, the GP7200 development engines will undergo water ingestion, icing and a 150-hour block endurance testing. These tests are required for FAA engine certification.

Endurance testing on the GP7200 engine will continue beyond the certification test program. Prior to service entry, the eight-engine GP7200 test program will accumulate more than 15,000 “Service Ready” endurance cycles. While four engines will power the A380 aircraft, the Engine Alliance will put the GP7200 engine through the rigorous twin-engine test program called the Extended Twin-Engine Operation (ETOPS) ground demonstration. The test will demonstrate the high reliability of the GP7200 engine.

The second phase of flight tests on GE’s 747 Flying Testbed in Victorville, California, began earlier this month. The tests are validating the engine’s in-flight performance and FADEC software refinements.

The Engine Alliance is on track to support the first flight of the A380 with GP7200 engines. Engines for the flight test will start shipping to Airbus in mid-year.

The GP7200 engine has been tailored to satisfy both current and future thrust requirements of the A380 family of aircraft. The GP7200 will initially certify at 76,500 lbs. (340 kN) of thrust. Subsequent durability endurance testing will be performed to certify the engine at 81,500 lbs. (363 kN) of thrust in 2006 to accommodate future growth for the A380. If needed, the basic GP7200 architecture can accommodate thrust growth up to 84,000 lbs. (374 kN) of thrust.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 67 of the 120 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

The GP7200 benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7200 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies. The engine features a hollow-titanium, swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine.

MTU of Germany, Snecma of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com

For further information, contact:

Rick Kennedy, Mobile: 33.(0).6.07.25.57.88; U.S.: 513.243.3372

Mark Sullivan, Chalet: 01.40.68.7800; Mobile: 33.(0).6.78.08.78.54; U.S.: 860.565.9600

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Victorville, Calofornia - December 6, 2004
GP7200 Takes to the Skies in First Flight Test

The Engine Alliance’s GP7200 completed its first flight last week aboard GE’s Boeing 747 flying testbed in Victorville, California. This first flight, which took place on December 3 and lasted for nearly three hours, focused on initially assessing the engine operation as well as gathering propulsion system data on the nacelle and accessories.

“We are very pleased with the engine’s performance during its first flight test,” said Bruce Hughes, president of the Engine Alliance. “This first flight is another significant milestone for the GP7200 and keeps us on track to support the first flight aboard Airbus’ A380, which will occur next year.”

The initial series of seven flight tests will wrap up by the end of December. The second round of flight testing is scheduled for the spring of 2005.

GP7200 engine certification is targeted for third quarter 2005. First flight on the A380 is set for November 2005 with entry into revenue service powering the Emirates’ A380-800 aircraft in October 2006. Prior to service entry, the nine-engine GP7200 test program will accumulate more than 16,000 endurance cycles, demonstrating the equivalent of more than 30,000 hours of revenue service on a single engine and exceeding the standards for Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS).

The GP7200 engine has been tailored to satisfy both current and future thrust requirements of the A380 family of aircraft. The GP7200 will initially be certified at 76,500 lbs. (340 kN) of thrust. Subsequent durability endurance testing will be performed to certify the engine at 81,500 lbs. (363 kN) of thrust in 2006 to accommodate future growth for the A380. If needed, the basic GP7200 architecture can accommodate thrust growth up to 84,000 lbs. (374 kN) of thrust.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 67 of the 110 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

The GP7200 benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7200 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies. The engine features a hollow-titanium, swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine.

MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:
Rick Kennedy U.S.: 513.243.3372
Mark Sullivan U.S.: 860.565.9600

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EVENDALE, Ohio – October 25, 2004

Air France Industries Sets Up Repair Facility for the Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engine

Air France Industries, one of Europe’s leading airlines MRO Division, is setting up a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) center for the GP7200 engine, the best-selling powerplant for the Airbus A380.

The center, to be located in Paris, will serve as a repair facility for the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between General Electric Company and Pratt & Whitney, which is developing the GP7200 engine. The Air France facility will work as a part of the Engine Alliance MRO network.

Air France, which has ordered GP7200-powered A380s, is expected to have GP7200 service capability in 2007. The Engine Alliance will provide Air France with a comprehensive technology package. Air France Industries and the Engine Alliance will join forces to offer customer and product support services, supply chain management, logistics for component repair as well as LRU support.

As part of the Engine Alliance's MRO network, Air France’s proximity to A380 operators will help to reduce operating and overhaul costs and resolve logistics issues.

"This agreement creates a winning combination of Engine Alliance technology and Air France’s reputation for providing world class on-wing and overhaul services," says Alain Bassil, President of Air France Industries.

“We’re very pleased to have Air France Industries as part of the Engine Alliance MRO network,” added Bruce Hughes, President of the Engine Alliance. “Air France Industries’ capabilities will be an important asset in supporting the growing GP7200 fleet.”

The GP7200 engine is currently under development with engine certification targeted for third quarter 2005. First flight on the A380 is set for November 2005, with entry into revenue service in October 2006.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 67 of the 110 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. In addition to Air France, Emirates, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

Air France Industries is a leading provider worldwide of multi-product aircraft maintenance service, with more than 400 aircraft supported.

Visit Air France Industries at: www.airfranceindustries.com and the Engine Alliance at:www.enginealliance.com.

For any further information or inquiries, please contact :
Air France Industries : Press Relations – Ulli Gendrot
Phone : +33/(0)1.49.34.87.21, e-mail : ulgendrot@airfrance.fr

Engine Alliance:
Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372,email:rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

Mark Sullivan, U.S.:860.565.4415, email: mark.sullivan@pw.utc.com

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September 13, 2004
Engine Alliance Establishes First GP7000 Maintenance Center

East Hartford, CT and Evendale, OH; September 13, 2004
The Engine Alliance has named the GE Engine Services facility in Wales as the first link in the Engine Alliance worldwide network of service centers for the new GP7200 engine powering the Airbus A380.

“The Engine Alliance is unique because it can call on the best resources of both Pratt & Whitney and General Electric Aircraft Engines to support our customers worldwide,” said Lloyd Thompson, president of the Engine Alliance. “We will use our parent company facilities best suited logistically and geographically to provide our customers world class overhaul and repair capability for their engines. Our goal is to not only provide an excellent engine for the A380 but to back it up with reliable, cost-effective overhaul and repair ”

The GE Wales facility will offer customers a full range of overhaul and repair services. In addition to its experience with the GE90, on which the GP7200 core is based, GE Wales is geographically located to support the Engine Alliance's initial customers.

The Engine Alliance will manage aftermarket services for the GP7200 engine and will add other MRO facilities to its support network as the GP7200 prepares to enter service in 2006 with Dubai-based Emirates Airlines.

The GP7200 is the market leading powerplant for the Airbus A380 having secured over 60% of the engine orders. It benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7200 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies. The engine features a hollow-titanium, swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine scaled from the GE90-115B; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine.

MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:

Rick Kennedy U.S.: 513.243.3372
Mark Sullivan U.S.: 860.565.3600

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July 19, 2004
Engine Alliance’s GP7200 Engines Exceed Performance Expectations During Initial Testing

FARNBOROUGH – July 19, 2004 – The Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engine, the best-selling engine on the Airbus A380, is exceeding performance expectations for specific fuel consumption and exhaust gas temperature margin during initial ground testing.

The first GP7200 engine completed ground testing in April at Pratt & Whitney’s test facility in East Hartford, Connecticut. This engine reached 88,000 pounds (391 kN) thrust, exceeding the 70,000 pounds (311 kN) thrust required for entry into service. Altitude testing on this engine is currently underway at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to evaluate the engine’s low-pressure compressor performance and operability.

A second development engine began ground testing in early May at GE’s outdoor test facility near Peebles, Ohio. Later this summer, the engine will begin a 700-cycle endurance test to evaluate hardware durability at operating conditions more severe than expected in airline service.

Ground testing on the third development engine will begin in September at Pratt & Whitney’s West Palm Beach, Florida, site. This engine will undergo low spool stress testing.

First flight of the GP7200 on GE’s 747 Flying Testbed aircraft is scheduled for this fall. Engine certification is targeted for third quarter 2005. First flight on the A380 is set for November 2005, with entry into revenue service powering the Emirates’ A380-800 aircraft in October 2006. Prior to service entry, the GP7200 program will accumulate more than 20,000 endurance cycles and 7,000 hours of operation on eight test engines, exceeding the standards for Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS).

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 67 of the 110 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

The GP7000 engine family has been tailored to satisfy both current and future thrust requirements of the A380 family of aircraft. The GP7200 will initially be certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust. Subsequent durability endurance testing will be performed to certify the engine at 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust in early 2006 to accommodate future growth for the A380. If needed, the basic GP7000 architecture can accommodate thrust growth up to 84,000 pounds (374 kN) of thrust.

The GP7000 benefits from the ETOPS reliability heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 engine families. Building on the proven GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7200 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies. The GP7200 engine features: a hollow-titanium, swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine scaled from the GE90-115B; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine.

MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7000 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in May 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy 44.0.1252.380.085 rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com U.S.: 513.243.3372

P&W: Mark Sullivan 44.0.1252.380.590 mark.sullivan@pw.utc.com U.S.: 860.565.4415

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July 19, 2004
Engine Alliance Unveils New Logo

FARNBOROUGH – July 19, 2004 – The Engine Alliance has unveiled a new logo that draws from the heritage of the parent companies, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, and establishes a separate, distinct brand identity for the partnership.

“When the Engine Alliance launched in 1996, we relied heavily on the reputations of our parent companies,” said Lloyd Thompson, president of the Engine Alliance. “Over the years, the Engine Alliance has proven itself as a viable engine designer and manufacturer. The new logo symbolizes our evolution to an integrated entity with solid credibility. The Engine Alliance will continue to execute its program certification and product support commitments utilizing the resources of GE and Pratt & Whitney.”

Ground testing is under way on the GP7200 engine, which will power Airbus’ new A380 aircraft. Prior to service entry, the GP7200 program will accumulate more than 20,000 endurance cycles and 7,000 hours of operation on eight test engines.

First flight of the GP7200 on GE’s 747 Flying Testbed aircraft is scheduled for this fall. Engine certification is targeted for third quarter 2005. First flight on the A380 is set for November 2005, with entry into revenue service powering Emirates’ A380-800 aircraft in October 2006.

The GP7200 engine has been selected for 67 of the 110 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines valued at more than $3 billion.

The GP7200 engine family will be certified at 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust with potential for growth up to 84,000 pounds (374 kN).

The GP7000 benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7000 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies. The engine features a hollow-titanium, swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine scaled from the GE90-115B; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine.

MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program.

The Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft. Visit the Engine Alliance online at: www.enginealliance.com.

For further information, contact:

GE: Rick Kennedy 44.0.1252.380.085 rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com U.S.: 513.243.3372

P&W: Mark Sullivan 44.0.1252.380.590 mark.sullivan@pw.utc.com U.S.: 860.565.4415

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April 21, 2004
Engine Alliance Completes First GP7000 Initial Testing

EAST HARTFORD, CT, April 21, 2004 - The GE – P&W Engine Alliance has completed the initial testing of the first GP7000 engine being developed for the Airbus A380 super-jumbo aircraft. During approximately one month of sea-level testing at P&W’s facility in East Hartford, Connecticut, the engine ran 45 hours and achieved 86,500 pounds of thrust in the Airbus configuration (88,000 pounds measured in cell conditions), well above its intended entry into service level of 70,000 pounds of thrust. The First Engine To Test (FETT) program also surveyed mechanical stress levels in engine components and mapped the performance of the engine’s advanced swept fan. “This is one of the most successful FETTs I have seen,” said Lloyd Thompson, president of the Engine Alliance. “We are well on our way to delivering an outstanding engine to Airbus and the world’s airlines.” The first engine will next undergo altitude testing at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee beginning in late May. The second development engine is being installed in GE’s Peebles, Ohio, test facility to begin a series of performance, operability and endurance tests. The GP7200 engine is the best-selling propulsion system for Airbus’ new, four-engine A380 aircraft. It has been selected for 67 of the 110 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines, valued at more than $3 billion. Prior to service entry in 2006, the GP7200 program plans to accumulate more than 20,000 endurance cycles and 7,000 hours of operation on eight test engines, exceeding the standards set by previous engines qualified for Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS). First flights of the GP7200 engine on GE’s 747 Flying Test Bed aircraft are scheduled to begin in September. Engine certification is targeted for third quarter of 2005, with entry into revenue service powering A380-800 aircraft of Emirates scheduled for 2006. The GP7200 engine family will be certified at 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust with potential for growth up to 84,000 pounds (374 kN). The GP7200 engine benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 engine families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7000 is a refined engine with an infusion of new, proven advanced technologies. The engine features a hollow-titanium swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine scaled from the GE90-115B engine; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine. MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program. The GE-P&W Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines (NYSE: GE) and Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX), was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of advanced-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft.

For further information, contact:
P&W: Mark Sullivan - 860-565-4415 mark.sullivan@pw.utc.com

GE: Deborah Case - 513-243-0094

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East Hartford, CT - April 6, 2004

The GE-P&W Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engine has produced more than the 76,500 pounds of thrust required for entry into service on the Airbus A380 aircraft during its initial testing. . The engine reached 80,000 pounds of at Pratt & Whitney’s test facility in East Hartford, CT. In addition, the mechanical break-in cycle of the engine testing was complete, and mechanical stress levels were satisfactory. The second and third test engines are in final assembly at Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing facility in Middletown, CT. The second engine will begin ground testing later this month at GE Aircraft Engines’ testing facility near Peebles, OH.

The GP7200 engine is the best-selling propulsion system for Airbus’ new four-engine A380 aircraft. It has been selected for 67 of the 110 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. Emirates, Air France, FedEx, and International Lease Finance Corporation have selected the GP7200 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for almost 300 engines, valued at more than $3 billion. Prior to service entry in 2006, the GP7200 program plans to accumulate more than 20,000 endurance cycles and 7,000 hours of operation on eight test engines, exceeding the standards set by previous engines qualified for Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS).

First flights of the GP7200 on GE’s 747 Flying Testbed aircraft are scheduled to begin in September. Engine certification is targeted for mid-2005, with entry into revenue service powering A380-800 aircraft of Emirates scheduled for 2006. The GP7200 engine family will be certified at 81,500 pounds (363 kN) of thrust with potential for growth up to 84,000 pounds (374 kN). The GP7200 benefits from the heritage of the highly successful GE90 and PW4000 families. Building on the GE90 core and the PW4000 low-pressure system, the GP7000 is a refined derivative with an infusion of new, proven technologies.

The engine features a hollow-titanium swept wide-chord fan; a five-stage low-pressure compressor; a nine-stage high-pressure compressor and a two-stage high-pressure turbine scaled from the GE90-115B; a low-emissions single annular combustor that will meet future emissions regulations with substantial margin; and a six-stage low-pressure turbine. MTU of Germany, Snecma Moteurs of France and Techspace Aero of Belgium are revenue-sharing participants in the GP7200 engine program. The GE-P&W Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, was formed in August 1996 to develop, manufacture, sell, and support a family of modern-technology engines for new high-capacity, long-range aircraft.

For further information, contact:
GE, Rick Kennedy, U.S.: 513.243.3372
email:rick.l.kennedy@ae.ge.com

P&W, Mark Sullivan, U.S.:860.565.4415
email: mark.sullivan@pw.utc.com

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4 March, 2004
The first GP7200 engine is completed

The first GP7200 engine was completed Thursday 4 March, 2004 at Pratt & Whitney's assembly facility in Middletown, Connecticut USA, and was celebrated at a "Last Bolt" ceremony for employees. The GP7200 will begin sea level testing next week before beginning altitude testing at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee later this year.

Bob Saia, Executive Vice President, Engine Alliance and P&W GP7000 Project General Manager, speaks to the team that completed the final assembly of the first GP7200 engine.

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