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Air France Deal Boosts GE Aircraft Engines' Orders

11 October 2000

Air France's order for GE90-115B engines, the exclusive power plant for Boeing's Longer-Range 777-200/300 aircraft, has boosted the GE90-115B firm order book to 98 engines, valued at more than $1.5 billion. Air France announced yesterday an order for 10 firm and 10 option GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777 aircraft to satisfy increasing capacity requirements for long-haul routes. Delivery of the first airplane is scheduled for October 2003. At 115,000 pounds thrust, the highest in aviation history, the GE90-115B incorporates the proven technology of the successful GE90 family with new, performance-enhancing features such as wide chord swept, composite fan blades for greater efficiency. GE90-115B detail design is underway an the first engine to test in targeted for the fourth quarter of 2001. FAR/JAR33 type certification of the GE90-115B by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Community's Joint Airworthiness Authorities is targeted for 2002, with the GE90-115B-powered 777 to be ready for entry into service in late 2003.