EVENDALE, OH - February 21, 2006 - India's Jet Airways has selected GE's CF6-80E1 engines to power its 10 Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The value of the engine order is more than $300 million. The airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the new aircraft in 2007.
"We are very excited that Jet Airways has selected GE's CF6 engines as the powerplant for its new A330 aircraft," said Scott Donnelly, President and CEO of GE - Aviation. "Jet Airways is an important customer to GE, and this order further strengthens our relationship."
"Jet Airways has selected the GE's CF6-80E1 engines after an in-depth technical and economic evaluation of the available options," said Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways. "We have been a satisfied customer of GE since we commenced operations with our B737 fleet"
Based in Mumbai, India, Jet Airways has one of the youngest fleets in the world. The airline currently operates a fleet of 42 CFM56-powered Classic and Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft as well as three A340 aircraft. CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma of France and GE, produces the CFM56 engine. At the 2005 Paris Air Show, Jet Airways also ordered 10 GE90-115B-powered 777-300ER aircraft.
GE's CF6 engine family has been the most reliable and best-selling commercial engine on wide-body aircraft. CF6 engines have flown more than 115 million hours, which is more than any other high-bypass turbofan engine family. The engine powers more than 10 models of wide-body aircraft. In recent years, the engine family has also played a major role in military aviation, powering transports, tankers and surveillance aircraft.