Airlines Kuwait Airways in engine upgrade November 2003 299 Share GE Aircraft Engines is to provide Kuwait Airways with an advanced engine upgrade kit to enhance the performance of its GE90 engines in service on Boeing 777s, under an agreement valued at $11 million. Officials said GE will increase the performance of five of the carrier’s GE90-90B engines, enabling non-stop flights from Kuwait City to New York. The advanced GE90 Performance Improvement Progamme (PIP) upgrade kit will incorporate the latest GE engine technology to modernise the airline’s GE90 engines - the world’s most powerful engine - which power the airline’s two Boeing 777 aircraft. With the engine enhancement, the technology of the current GE90-94B will be infused into the more mature engines, significantly increasing their thrust capability. Kuwait Airways will benefit from the boost in performance of the GE90 engines, initially certified at 85,000 and 90,000 to achieve 94,000 pounds of thrust. “We are extremely pleased Kuwait Airways has selected the GE engine upgrade kit to modernise its current engines,” said Muhammad Al Lamadani, general manager for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, GE Aircraft Engines. “We have had a long-standing relationship with this flag-carrier airline since 1991 and the new upgraded engines will enable them to achieve the best economies on their new international routes,” he said.