The GE Aviation Lafayette team completed assembly of its first Passport engine on August 31. The Passport production work transitioned from GE’s Strother, Kansas to the Lafayette, Indiana, facility earlier this year.
“For the last four years, the Strother team has played an integral role in the Passport program, successfully assembling more than 140 engines and supporting the program’s manufacturing efforts from the end of development testing into production,” said Melvyn Heard, Passport and GE Honda Aero Product Leader at GE Aviation. “The assembly transition from Strother to Lafayette has gone smoothly due to the strong collaboration between the sites. The build process on this first engine, which consists of about 3,000 components, lasted about six weeks.”
Lafayette’s first Passport engine traveled to the Peebles Test Operation for final test before shipping to Bombardier for installation on the Global 7500 aircraft.
Bombardier’s record-setting Global 7500 jet entered service in December 2018. On October 7, 2019, the GE Passport powered longest non-stop city pair by a purpose-built business jet, from Sydney, Australia, to Detroit, Michigan – an astonishing distance of 8,225 nautical miles.
The 18,000-pound thrust Passport is a uniquely conceived, integrated propulsion system comprising the engine and cowling nacelle blended in a unified design. Passport’s advanced technology provides passengers with the ability to fly ultra-long-range with lower emission and minimized cabin noise to provide higher levels of comfort.
The Passport is a candidate to re-engine the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress bombers.