Turbofan Entered Service On Emirates Plane In August
The entry into service for the Engine Alliance GP7200 on the
Airbus A380 has been "flawless," according to Engine Alliance
President Jim Moravecek.
"Its performance has been predictable and consistent with the
extensive development and service readiness endurance testing we've
been performing all along," he said, "and we plan to keep on
testing the engine even beyond our entry into service with Air
France next year."
Since entering revenue service on the first Emirates A380
on August 1st, we've experienced no engine related
issues that could have caused a disruption for Emirates," Engine
Alliance Product Support Director Ed Bendernagel said. "The engines
have performed as well, if not better, than we expected,"
Bendernagel said. "But the real story is the fuel efficiency."
Airbus has touted the relative fuel efficiency of its flagship
A380 superjumbo. Engine Alliance adds its GP7200 engine offers the
lowest fuel consumption available on the aircraft. With the rising
cost of fuel, it's an important consideration for airlines.
"Our GP7200 engines will save us
over 500,000 liters of fuel per aircraft per year," Emirates CEO
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said at the A380 delivery
ceremony in Hamburg.
In addition to low fuel burn, Emirates mechanics were surprised
to discover their GP7200-powered A380 burns almost no oil. "They
were actually a bit concerned at first," Bendernagel said, "because
this engine just doesn't burn any oil. It's really just a result of
our robust oil system design."
The Engine Alliance GP7200 is derived from two successful
widebody engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. The GP7200 is
manufactured at GE and Pratt & Whitney, with GE assembling the
core and Pratt & Whitney manufacturing the fan module, low
pressure compressor and low pressure turbine. Final engine assembly
is conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s Engine Center in