Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 19, 2013 – The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine has achieved another significant operational milestone, reaching 2 million revenue flight hours after five years of service.
The GP7200-powered A380 aircraft began revenue service in August 2008 and now 55 GP7200-powered A380 aircraft are flying with Emirates, Air France and Korean Air. Next year, GP7200-powered A380s will be delivered to Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. Additionally, Air Austral and Transaero Airlines selected the GP7200 engine to power their A380 aircraft on order.
“We are delighted with the GP7200’s demonstrated performance and reliability for such a young engine program,” said Engine Alliance President Dean Athans. “This is the result of not only an exceptionally rigorous engine development program, but also a robust product support program designed to continuously identify and implement ways to enhance reliability.”
Customers operating GP7200-powered A380 aircraft have enjoyed the merits of the quietest, most reliable, and most fuel efficient engine for the A380. The GP7200 engine has sustained a 99.9% departure reliability average since entry into service. Additionally, customers have appreciated a fuel savings advantage of up to $1 million per aircraft per year.
The Engine Alliance is a 50-50 joint venture of GE (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). The GP7200 draws from the success of the GE90 and PW4000 engine programs, which offer history and lessons learned from more than 54 million flight hours in service. The GP7200 also incorporates new technologies to produce the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380.