Total Production: 1,196
Unitary Cost: USD$16 million
Also Known As: GE90-115B1, GE90-115BL (engine powering the Boeing 777-300ER) and GE90-115BL2
Origin: United States of America
Contractor/s: Avio, General Electric Aviation*, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) and Snecma
Description: The GE90 engine was developed by General Electric to power a new generation of wide-body aircraft such as Boeing 777 and was ultimately adopted by commercial aircraft with a capacity of 100 seats/passengers or more. The first GE90 engine, GE90-85B, was certified at 84,700-lb of thrust and entered service in November 1995 powering a 777 from British Airways. Potential growth has make possible to achieve 127,900-lb of thrust by the GE90-115B model becoming the world's most powerful commercial aviation engine.
The development program for the GE90 engine is being backed by Snecma (France), FiatAvio (Italy) and IHI (Japan) as well as General Electric Aircraft Engines (USA).
As of May 2005, the GE90-115B engine has been selected to power the Boeing 777-300ER (2004), the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner (2006) and the Boeing 777 Freighter airplane scheduled to enter service in 2008.
The GE90-115B 115,000-lb class engine was developed to meet the requirements of longer range Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. It is considered as the world's most powerful jet engine and has set many world aviation records. It entered service in April 2004 powering Air France's Boeing 777-300ER.
In August 2004, Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a letter of intention with Boeing for the purchase of 18 firm orders Boeing 777-300ERs and 13 additional jetliners as option. The GE's GE90-115B engine was selected to power the 18 firm orders with a potential value of more than $800 million.
In April 2005, Air Canada selected the GE90 engine to power its 18 firm order Boeing 777s plus another 18 airplanes as options. The firm order engines were valued at more than $600 million. Finally, Air Canada selected General Electric GEnx and GE90 engines to power a new order for 787 and 777 aircraft on November 9, 2005. GE90-115B engines were ordered to power a mixture of Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, 777 Freighters and the 777-300ERs totaling 18 aircraft. GE90 contract was valued more than $900 million with engine deliveries beginning in 2007.
On 4 October 2005 Boeing confirmed Indian carrier Mumbai-based Jet Airways was purchasing 10 B777-300ER airplanes. The agreement was valued at $2.53 billion with aircraft deliveries expected to begin in early 2007. Afterwards, General Electric announced that Jet Airways selected GE90-115B to power its new B777-300ER fleet. The engine contract was valued at $400 million.
On 20 November 2005 at Dubai Air Show Emirates placed an order for 42 Boeing 777 airplanes plus additional 20 aircraft option which was deemed as the largest deal for 777 airplanes ever. The firm order aircraft powered by GE90-115B engines were valued at $9.7 billion. The purchase contract included 24 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LRs and 8 777 Freighters with first aircraft delivery due in 2007. The engine contract, including OnPoint Solution service agreement for overhaul and maintenance, awarded to General Electric was valued at $2.5 billion.
Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways confirmed an agreement on 16 Boeing 777-300ER airplanes of which 12 were to be purchased directly from Boeing and the remaining 4 aircraft purchased through operating leases from ILFC. Aircraft deliveries were scheduled to begin in September 2007 and continuing through July 2010. General Electric GE90-115BL2 engine was selected to power Cathay's B777-300ER order. Hong Kong-based carrier also secured purchase rights for 20 additional aircraft. The agreement was made public on December 1st, 2005 and signed on December 14.
On 11 January 2006, Boeing and Air India signed an important purchase agreement worth $11 billion for 68 airplanes including 777s, 787s, and 737s. The order was for eight Boeing 777-200LR Worldliners, 15 777-300ERs, 27 787-8 Dreamliners, and 18 737-800 airplanes. The 737-800s were ordered by Air India on behalf of its subsidiary Air India Express. Aircraft deliveries were scheduled to begin in November 2006. The $2.2 billion engine contract was signed February 21, 2006 at Asian Aerospace exhibition covering 46 GE90-115Bs powering the 777s and 54 GEnxs engines for the 787s.
On 1st June 2006, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways signed with Boeing an agreement for the purchase of two Boeing 777-300ER jetliners valued at $500 million at list prices. Aircraft deliveries were due in 2008 powered by General Electric GE90-115B engines.
On 19 July 2006, Boeing and ILFC announced a deal for six Boeing 737-800s, two 777-300ERs, and 787 Dreamliners all together valued at $1.2 billion. 737s and 777s deliveries were expected to begin in the first quarter of 2009 while the 787s were set to be delivered from early 2012. In parallel, the engine contract with General Electric was valued at $750 million with the GE90 powering the 777s and the GEnx the 787s. The engine contract was for 24 787s, 6 777-300ERs (GE90-115B) and two 777-200ERs (GE90-94B).
On 25 September 2006, Qatar Airways ordered 40 high thrust GE90 engines to power 20 long-range Boeing 777 airplanes. The engines were valued at more than $750 million. Beginning in 2007 Qatar Airways will take delivery of 28 GE90-115B engines powering 14 Boeing 777-300ERs and 12 GE90-110Bs to power six Boeing 777-200LR Worldliners.
Parent system is the GE90
Total Production: 1,652
Total Cost: USD$22 billion
Other Family Members: GE90-110B1L, GE90-94B and GE9X
Transactions: There are 27 transactions involving 508 items for GE90 from 2007 to 2015 and 23 transactions involving 472 items for the GE90-115B view report
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:: Specifications ::
Fan Diameter: 3.43 meter (135 inch)
Length: 7.29 meter (287 inch)
Dry Weight: 8,283 kilogram (18,261 pound)
Thrust: 115,000 pound