Etihad Airways and the Engine Alliance have
signed agreements for the purchase of the GP7200 engines to power
its fleet of 10 Airbus
A380 aircraft and for a long-term Fleet Management Agreement
for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines. The
agreements are worth up to US$1.5 billion.
“The GP7200 engines,
provided by the Engine Alliance in this agreement, will offer
significant fuel efficiencies and cost optimisation for Etihad’s
first Airbus A380s when they enter our fleet from 2014,” said James Hogan, Etihad
Airways’ Chief Executive Officer. “The operational, environmental and economic factors of
the GP7200 engines are ideal for the A380 and these aircraft and
engines will play a crucial part in Etihad’s ambitious expansion
plans over the coming years.”
The GP7200 is certified
at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust and has the capability to
produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN).
There are 19
GP7200-powered A380s in service and 109 more on order. Emirates
and Air France currently operate GP7200-powered A380 aircraft.
Other GP7200 customers include Korean Air, which will begin operating the A380 in June, Air Austral and International Lease
Finance Corporation (ILFC).
The Engine Alliance is a 50/50
joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of
United Technologies Corp.
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