DUBAI, UAE, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Engine Alliance (EA) now powers 125 A380s around the world with 500 engines on wing. The milestone comes as Emirates accepts its 90th aircraft powered by GP7200 engines.
"We are pleased to take delivery of our 90th EA-powered A380," said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president and COO, Emirates. "The Emirates A380 continues to be popular amongst our customers and provides a high level of comfort and features. We took delivery of our first EA-powered A380 aircraft in 2008."
GP7200 engines currently power 60 percent of the world's A380 fleet: 90 with Emirates, 10 with Air France, 10 with Korean Air, seven with Qatar Airways and eight with Etihad Airways. The engine's fuel efficiency has improved by more than one percent since it entered service, delivering an estimated $1 million annual advantage per aircraft in fuel savings and increased payload.
"We have a lot to be proud of as we kick off 2017. Along with the 500th engine installment, the GP7200 fleet has now accumulated one million engine cycles," said Dean Athans, president of Engine Alliance. "Passengers love the A380. Their excitement about the airplane motivates us to keep the GP7200 the quietest, most reliable, most efficient A380 engine out there."
Engine Alliance also recently announced the expansion of its service network with the addition of two new engine overhaul centers: Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC) in Dubai and Pratt & Whitney Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd (ESA) in Singapore. As GP7200 engines begin their first round of performance-restoration shop visits, these new facilities will add important capacity and round out a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network that includes GE Wales and Air France Industries.
About Engine Alliance
Engine Alliance (EA) is a 50-50 joint venture of GE (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Revenue-sharing participants include MTU Aero Engines of Germany, Safran Aero Boosters of Belgium and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. EA manufactures and services the quietest, most reliable and most fuel-efficient powerplant for the A380, the GP7200.