EBACE 2011: GE Aviation Rebrands ‘TechX’ Turbofan Engine as ‘Passport’
GE Aircraft (Stand 358), whose TechX engine Bombardier selected to power its under-development Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jets, has rebranded the big turbofan as the “Passport.”
The first model in what Cincinnati, Ohio-based GE hopes will be a series of turbofans in the 10,000- to 20,000-pound-thrust class will produce up to 16,500 pounds of thrust for the new Global jets. It will be called the Passport 20, according to Shawn O’Day, GE Aviation marketing director.
The “integrated propulsion system” is expected to provide at least 8-percent lower specific fuel consumption than current turbofans in the same class, more than a 50-percent margin to the CAEP/6 regulations on emissions and operate some 13 EPNdb under Stage 4 noise requirements. Certification of the Passport 20 is planned in 2016.