Victorville - GE Aviation completed the first test flight of the GE9X, the engine that will power the future Boeing 777X.
On March 13, The GE9X took off from Victorville, California under the wings of GE Aviation's test platform, a modified Boeing 747.
The flight lasted more than four hours and validated the main operational and functional characteristics of the engine.
GE Aviation's GE9X Program Director, Ted Ingling, expressed his satisfaction after this first flight and indicated that the flight test campaign would be able to progress without a problem.
The GE9X and Victorville teams spent months preparing for the engine flight tests, and their efforts were rewarded today with a perfect first flight,Ingling said.
Today's flight marks the beginning of the multi-month GE9X flight test campaign, which will allow us to accumulate data on engine performance during different phases of flight,he added.
The certification program started in May 2017 . In addition to the flight tests, the engine has recently undergone icing tests at GE Aviation's Winnipeg facility in Canada and is currently conducting sidewind tests at Peebles, Ohio. GE9X certification is expected for 2019.
By its fan diameter and compression ratio, the GE9X will be the largest engine ever produced and should consume 10% less fuel than the GE90-115 that equips the 777 generation.
GE Aviation recorded nearly 700 orders for the GE9X. The Boeing 777X has so far accumulated 326 firm orders from
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and one or more unidentified customers. The 777X is scheduled to enter service in 2020.