Press release

January 25, 2021

GE Honda Aero Engines continues expansion of Foreign Certification Validation for HF120®

BURLINGTON, North Carolina – January 25, 2021 - GE Honda Aero Engines (GHAE) announces completion of the type certification validation for the HF120 turbofan engine with the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) of the Russian Federation.

“The HF120 has proven its rugged design with flawless entry into service since 2015 with Customers attesting to its unparalleled dispatch availability. The HF120 is well suited for operation in Russia & the CIS,” said Melvyn Heard, president of GHAE.

Since entry into service, the GE Honda HF120 fleet of engines has accumulated over 126,000 flight hours with class leading reliability. The fleet consisting of more than 340 engines has been operating with industry leading reliability across the world with a global support network. Russian certification validation adds to the HF120 engine approvals from across the globe, including the FAA in the United States, EASA in Europe, CAAC in China, Mexico’s DGAC, Brazil’s ANAC, India’s DGAC, Argentina, Japan’s JCAB and Transport Canada

The HF120 fleet is supported around the clock and around the world with an Authorized Service Providers (ASPs) network comprised of select service centers from the industry, including Rheinland Air Service (RAS) for HondaJet Europe. GHAE’s ASPs are equipped to perform line maintenance, engine installation and removal, and support of rental engine logistics for HF120 shop visits. The ASP network is further supported by a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center and a team of dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs).

“We are excited to enter the Russian market and are ready to support our Customers along with RAS, our designated ASP since 2014.” said Shinji Tsukiyama, executive vice-president of GE Honda Aero Engines. “We continue to align ourselves with the best service centers in the industry to deliver exceptional support for customers flying our product.”

GHAE offers long-term Engine Maintenance Care (EMCSM) programs that extend beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events. The two levels of service coverage offered under this program are EMC2, a hands-off solution for customers requiring comprehensive service, and EMCb, which is predominantly a parts-only program. Both programs are offered through the GE Honda ASP network.

About Rheinland Air Service
RAS is a recognized leader in aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), plus aircraft sales, support, and fueling. With over 45 years of technical expertise, and employing about 280 people across Europe and Africa, the RAS companies reliably serve business, general, and commercial aviation.

About GE Honda Aero Engines
GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture in 2004, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Burlington, North Carolina. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business.

About the HF120 Turbofan Engine
Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine sets new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions. Some of the unparalleled value available with the HF120 are:

Effortless climb to Flight Level (FL) 450 and beyond, enabled with the high fan and core pressure ratio complemented with a low lapse rate. Advanced technology with a wide-chord, compound swept fan blisk, along with composite outer guide vanes and the use of innovative turbine blade and combustor materials. Smart placement of the rotor dynamic resonant frequencies outside of the engine taxi and flight settings that minimizes unwanted cabin noise to deliver a quiet and immersive flight experience. Super alloys used in the hot section, that set new standards for durability, complemented with advanced prognostic engine monitoring to minimize downtime and provide longer uninterrupted service. Unique air blast fuel nozzles that yield efficient fuel atomization to reduce fuel burn along with precision laser drilled combustor liner holes to ensure minimal pressure drop across the combustor.

The above features create an engine that redefines performance and dependability

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HF120 is a registered trademark of GE Honda Aero Engines.
EMC is a registered service mark of GE Honda Aero Engines.