Record-setting Air Show Means Good News for GE Aviation Asheville

More good news for GE Aviation in Asheville means record hiring numbers!

“Record-setting Air Show Means Good News for GE Aviation Asheville”

GE Aviation CMC Production Facility in Asheville, NC

July 1, 2019

“GE Aviation and its joint venture CFM International announced a record-setting $55 billion in orders and commitments at Paris Air Show, including LEAP engine orders impacting work performed in Asheville.• Two Asheville manufacturing plants—the Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) operation and rotating engine parts—are expanding for a new jet engine product line, the GE9X, unveiled at the recent Paris Air Show

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – GE Aviation employees in Asheville will support the record-setting business orders and commitments reached at the recent Paris Air Show.GE Aviation and CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, announced the companies reached approximately $55 billion in jet engines, services, avionics and digital offerings at list price.The LEAP engine orders placed at the show contain parts made at GE Aviation’s two Asheville facilities, which are growing to support customer demand. The LEAP engine is the highest-selling commercial jet engine ever, now exceeding 18,750 orders to date after the show, powering Airbus, Boeing and COMAC narrowbody aircraft.“We’re seeing record hiring numbers,” said Ryan Huth, Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) plant manager for GE in Asheville. “We have a specially-designed training course for all our employees in partnership with A-B Tech and are recruiting skilled workers locally. If you’re looking for a good-paying job in advanced manufacturing, the aviation industry is the place to be.”Open positions include CMC technicians and manufacturing specialists, as well as skilled machinists and welders.

The Asheville CMC plant opened five years ago as the first American manufacturing facility to pursue high-rate CMC production. Operations began to produce high pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP engine made of the advanced material. When the LEAP engine entered service in 2016, it was the first commercial jet engine with CMC materials located in the engine’s hot section.At the Paris Air Show, GE Aviation also unveiled its newest and largest commercial jet engine, the GE9X, which will power the Boeing 777X widebody aircraft. More than 700 GE9X engines are on order. The engine is in development and is planned to enter service in 2020. The GE9X could also contain parts made in Asheville.“We were proud to represent Asheville at the Paris Air Show and see the engines many of our community’s manufacturing employees will support on a daily basis,” said Clark Duncan, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development.”GE Aviation’s success is fantastic news. They are a powerful ally to economic development. People in Asheville may not recognize that this level of innovation is concentrated within our city limits. But the global aviation industry knows about us. GE Aviation commitments happening here have put Asheville’s advanced manufacturing on the map,” Duncan said.Not only will GE9X sport the industry’s largest front fan, it will incorporate more CMCs than any commercial engine in history. CMC materials are a revolutionary technology for jet engines. They’re as tough as metals but one-third the weight, and they can withstand temperatures 20 percent higher than most advanced alloys. These improvements amount to more power, lower fuel burn and cost savings for customers.

Asheville’s CMC operation expects to add more production lines to produce shrouds, nozzles and combustor liners for GE9X.The rotating parts operation, which joined GE Aviation in 2007, also already makes LEAP engine parts and is planning to manufacture stage one and two retainers for the GE9X.“GE9X is the next cornerstone,” said Tyler Reed, rotating parts plant manager. “It will add a new chapter to our manufacturing legacy in Asheville. This site has been around for nearly 70 years and GE9X will ensure that it remains at the forefront of production for the next 70 years.”GE Aviation employs more than 1,800 people in North Carolina, working at sites in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington. An April 2017 study found that GE’s presence in North Carolina supports nearly 18,000 jobs and is equivalent to $7.2 billion in economic output.

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About GE AviationGE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboshaft engines, avionics, electrical power systems and digital solutions for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world’s Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. For more information, visit us at Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at and YouTube at ###For more information, contact:Allie Nash​​​​(910) 309-3761