BeauTech and Sky Regional Airlines have been announced as launch customers for GE Aviation’s CF34-8 HPT (high pressure turbine) durability upgrade program. The program has been developed to further improve fleet stability, time on wing and running costs. It is open to all operators regardless of MRO provider.
Since its service entry in 2001, the manufacturer says that the CF34-8 engine has accumulated 70 million flight hours and 52 million flight cycles.
“During the last 12 months, we have been focusing on driving durability into the CF34-8 engine through several enhanced design improvements,” said David Kircher, general manager of Regional Engines and Services at GE Aviation. “The HPT durability upgrade program will stabilize the engine’s operation and reduce unscheduled engine removals and significant events, allowing CF34-8 customers to more effectively plan their operations.”
“We appreciate GE’s continued support in improving the durability and cost effectiveness of the CF34-8E engine through support programs like this,” said Sky Regional CEO and founder Russ Payson.
“We are pleased with GE Aviation’s continued investment in the CF34-8 engine.This HPT durability upgrade program will solidify our long-term commitment to invest into this engine platform,” said BeauTech president and CEO Lee Beaumont.
Under the CF34-8 HPT durability upgrade program, GE Aviation will provide customers with upgraded parts that can be incorporated into the engine during next overhaul. These parts include components in the fan, compressor, combustor and HPT modules.