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Two of the big questions in commercial aviation today are “How long will low fuel prices continue?” and “What effect will they have on the longevity of mature equipment?” Only OPEC can answer the first question, but an analysis of the General Electric CF6-80 engine’s situation can provide a great deal of insight into the second.

This is because the GE engine first entered service in 1982 and is still flying on a wide array of senior and mid-life aircraft types. The 52,500-63,500-lb.-thrust CF6-80C2, for instance, is certified for the Boeing 747, 767 and MD-11 as well as the Airbus A300 and A310. Meanwhile, the 67,500-72,000-lb.-thrust CF6-80E1 has powered current engine options of the Airbus A330 family since 1994.

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