ST. LOUIS, MO -- The CF34 engine captured more than 470 orders last year as airlines revitalized their regional jet fleets. The rising order book is also boosting production rates for the engine. CF34 production rates will grow from more than 330 engines in 2013 to close to 400 engines in 2014 and more than 475 engines by 2016.
"The CF34 engines remain one of the most reliable and durable engines for regional aviation with an outstanding 99.95% dispatch reliability and durability that is unparalleled," said Kathy MacKenzie, general manager of Regional Engines & Services at GE Aviation. "These characteristics along with GE’s commitment to product support are why operators continue to select CF34-powered aircraft for their regional aviation needs."
GE has delivered more than 6,000 CF34 engines and has continuously invested in product enhancements since it entered service in 1992. Today, CF34 engines are in service with 150 operators in more than 60 countries, and 70 percent of the North American regional jet fleet is powered by CF34 engines. The engines have accumulated more than 100 million flight hours and 80 million cycles on Bombardier CRJ and Embraer E-Jet aircraft.
Engines in the CF34 engine family include:
- The CF34-10E engine, the highest thrust rating for the CF34 engine family at 20,000 pounds of thrust, with more than 1,400 CF34-10E engines in service with more than 60 operators of Embraer's E190/195 aircraft and the EMBRAER Lineage 1000business jet. The engines have accumulated more than 13 million flight hours and 9 million cycles.
- The CF34-10A engine continues to flight test on the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) ARJ21 regional jet. COMAC has announced orders for more than 250 ARJ21 regional jet aircraft and forecasts a demand for up to 850 aircraft over the next 20 years.
- The CF34-8 engine has more than 2,300 CF34-8 engines in service with 75 operators of Bombardier CRJ700/CRJ900s (1470) and Embraer's E170/175s (870). The engines have accumulated more than 34 million flight-hours and 25 million cycles.
- The CF34-3 engines helped launch a new era in aviation when it entered service on Bombardier's CRJ100 aircraft in 1992, spawning the start of regional jets in commercial aviation. More than to 2,300 CF34-3A1 and -3B1 engines power the Bombardier CRJ100/200 aircraft and have accumulated more than 55 million flight hours and 48 million cycles.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.