Europe approves GE Passport 20 engine

GE Aviation has secured European certification for the Passport 20 engine that powers Bombardier's Global 7500 business jet.

The 18 December approval comes more than two and a half years after the 16,500lb-thurst (73kN) Passport powerplant secured US validation and just two days before the ultra-long-range flagship enters service.

The milestone will be marked at a dedicated ceremony at Bombardier's Global completion facility in Montreal.

Launched in 2010, the Passport is GE's first integrated propulsion system created specifically for large-cabin business jets.

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It has been selected for only for two platforms to date, with Bombardier's in-development Global 8000 – a shorter, but slightly longer-range variant of the 7500 – the other application.

The Passport features innovations including a 1.32m (52in)-diameter titanium fan blisk – the first application of the technology on an engine of this size – and a core scaled down from the Leap airliner engines produced by its CFM International 50/50 joint venture with Snecma.

The Global 7500 secured US type certification in November following a two-year flight-test campaign in which five aircraft logged over 2,700h.

European validation is expected in 2019, although Bombardier has not disclosed a precise timeframe.

The company has an order backlog of over 100 of the 7,900nm (14,600km)-range aircraft, and plans to deliver between 15 and 20 examples next year.