In a concluding insight into the current state of play within the engine sector, Tom Batchelor looks at GE Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney, before considering trends set to shape the wider market
Aside from its role within the CFM alliance, GE Aerospace engines power a variety of airframes, across both regional and widebody markets. The company began developing powerplants in the early 20th century with its first 350hp, turbo-supercharged Liberty aircraft engine, and later America’s first jet engine. Today, GE equipment powers thousands of commercial aircraft, with a 52.7% share of the widebody engine order book and an engine order intake of 368 last year.
At the smaller end of its product line, GE’s regional jet-sized CF34 powers Embraer’s 190/195 and Comac’s ARJ21. Latest figures show that more than 7,500 CF34 engines have been produced, each with up to 20,000lb st.