GE Aviation has awarded Royal Jordanian Airlines a technical license to use GE’s patented 360 Foam Wash system on its GEnx-1B aircraft engines. The technical license allows Royal Jordanian to perform 360 Foam Wash on its fleet of GEnx-1B engines for Boeing 787 aircraft completely on its own.
GE’s 360 Foam Wash is an alternative to the water wash method. It restores engine performance leading to reductions in fuel consumption. The process involves injecting a specially-formulated, proprietary solution that removes dust and dirt particles in the engine.
The system is self-contained, allowing it to be used inside maintenance hangars or outdoors. GE’s 360 Foam Wash is approved for use on multiple GE engine programs, including models of GE90, GEnx, CF34 and CF6.
During technology trials with its GEnx engines, the 360 Foam Wash solution allowed Royal Jordanian to improve engine performance by reducing build-up of deposits in the engine, lowering engine exhaust temperatures, and improving engine compressor efficiency. These improvements led to reduced fuel consumption and increased engine time on wing.
According to RJ Vice Chairman & CEO Samer Majali, “Royal Jordanian prides itself on our ongoing commitment to innovation in all areas of business. Our technical department is constantly striving to maintain our position as an airline of the future by introducing the most forward-thinking, ground-breaking and environmentally-friendly technology.”
“Not only will this exciting development in enhanced engine cleaning assist in reducing maintenance, it will also restore engine performance and fuel efficiency, as well as lower carbon emissions,” Majali said.
“GE’s 360 Foam Wash is an example of GE Aviation’s innovative maintenance solutions to help keep our engine fleets flying with improved performance for our customers,” said Tom Levin, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s After Market Strategic Solutions. “We’re thankful Royal Jordanian values 360 Foam Wash technology for maintaining its GEnx engines.”