GE Aviation has revealed its GE90 engine has surpassed 100 million flight hours.
The GE90 engine family powers all Boeing 777 aircraft and is the exclusive powerplant on the 777-300, 777-200 and 777F. The engine’s 100 million hours equates to nearly 11,500 years of flying according to the company, and over its 25-year span, it has flown approximately 55,726,866,160 miles which equates to 300 roundtrips to the sun or 199 roundtrips to Mars.
And when it comes to passengers, measured at typical passenger seating for the Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300ER, approximately 2.5 billion passengers have flown on GE90-powered Boeing 777 airplanes.
GE Aviation’s GE90 programme general manager Mike Kauffman commented: “The GE90 engine has proven to be extremely reliable for our customers, and we are very excited to celebrate the 100-million-hour achievement.”
GE90-115B world record
“This is a testament to all those involved in this milestone, including our dedicated product support team that will continue to maintain the GE90 for many years to come”, Kauffman continued.
The company says the impressive engine’s architecture and mechanical design have influenced every GE and CFM turbofan over the last 20 years. The engine powers more than 1,200 aircraft, with the GE90-115B holding a world record at 127,900 pounds of thrust (lbf) for 13 years.
GE Aviation says that despite the GE90-115B engine facing some of the toughest demands daily on a high-thrust commercial jet engine, it has achieved the lowest maintenance burden to date through service bulletin terminating action acceleration and analytics-based field programmes implementation.
To date, GE Aviation has delivered more than 2,800 GE90 engines.