GE-P&W lands Emirates A380 engine deal

Emirates has awarded a $1.5 billion deal to supply engines for its forthcoming A380 planes to the GE-P&W Engine Alliance.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 9, 2003

Emirates Airlines has awarded a $1.5 billion engine supply deal to the GE-P&W Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. The company will provide Emirates with a total of 101 GP7200 engines for use in 23 Airbus A380 jumbos that are due for delivery in 2009.

This latest order follows an earlier one with GE-P&W to provide engines for 22 A380s that Emirates will receive in 2006. The total number of GP7200 engines ordered by Emirates is now 199, an overall order value of around $3 billion.

"We are pleased to increases our business relationship with the Engine Alliance and are confident in its commitment to deliver an engine that will meet the airline's expectations," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates. "Emirates is fully committed to participate during the design and development of the engine."

Emirates has ordered a total of 45 A380s, making it by far the largest customer for the largest plane ever designed. When used at full capacity, the double decker plane will accommodate 550 passengers.

The GP7200 engine is due to go through the early stages of certification testing in 2004, with full regulatory approval in Europe and the USA targeted for 2005. GE-P&W says the engine has been selected for 67 of the 110 A380s currently on firm order.

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