Air France has awarded GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) a contract valued at more than $100 million to provide engine upgrade kits for its GEAE-powered fleet of early-model Boeing 747s.
According to a statement, the agreement calls for GEAE to provide up to 106 hot-section upgrade kits for the airline’s CF6-50 engines, which power the airline’s 747-200s and 747-300s. The upgrade kits will provide significant improvement in engine life, cost of ownership, and long-term residual value.
GE Engine Services, a division of GEAE, is performing CF6-50 upgrade engine testing and jointly managed the certification process with the GEAE CF6 Project.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the CF6-50 high-pressure turbine upgrade kit on October 8, 2001. The upgrade kits will be installed during engine overhaul by Air France Industries.
The hot-section upgrade kit is said to incorporate advanced turbine materials, coatings and cooling technology from the latest generation of aircraft engine designs, which were not available when the original CF6-50 engines were launched in the 1970s.
The CF6-50 hot-section upgrade kit reportedly enables customers to achieve up to 25 percent improvement in time on wing, improved EGT margin retention and a reduction in shop visits, scrap, repair and material costs.