The GE CF6 family is the cornerstone of the widebody, high bypass ratio turbofan engine business at GE. For more than 30 years, the GE CF6 family of engines has established an impressive operational record. The engine family has compiled more than 325 million flight hours with more than 260 customer since it entered commercial revenue service in 1971.
The CF6 traces its beginnings to the early 1960's and the GE TF39 engine. In 1965, GE was awarded the contract to develop the engines for the USAF's Lockheed C-5A "Galaxy" transport. The technology and design philosophy incorporated into this powerplant launched GE into the high bypass commercial market.
Today, GE's strong commercial customer base is testament to our ability to design and build engines that exceed our customer's expectations.
Starting in 1971 with the 40,000 lb. thrust CF6-6 and continuing today with our newest, highest thrust CF6 engine, the 72,000 lb. thrust CF6-80E1, more CF6 engines have been produced and have flown more hours than any other high bypass engine family ever produced.
But the CF6 engine program is not one to rest on past accomplishments. GE designers and engineers are constantly improving the performance and reliability of this proven industry leader.
New technology and materials are being infused into this mature engine line to insure that the CF6 continues to set the pace for engines in its thrust class for years to come.