CF6Coupling Factor 6
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Thirty UK-registered planes have CF6 engines including ones owned by Virgin Atlantic and holiday airlines Britannia, Airtours, Monarch and Air 2000.
The Transport Ministry on Monday ordered an inspection of General Electric Co.'s CF6 engines installed in a total of 186 jet airliners in Japan to look for cracks at the high-pressure compressor stage that could cause serious engine failure.
Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.
The company also said it has signed a 15-year OnPointSM solution agreement for the materials and services to be used in the maintenance, repair ad overhaul of the CF6 engine.
The agreement covers inspection, repair and overhaul of mainshaft and gearbox bearings for CF6 and CFM56 engines.
The CF6, made by America's General Electric company, has had a number of 'fairly dramatic failures', said Kieran Daly, editor of the Internet news service Air Transport Intelligence.
A Monarch Airlines Airbus A300 makes a safe emergency landing in Egypt A Monarch Airlines Airbus A300-600, registration G-MAJS performing flight ZB-248 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) with 262 people on board, was descending towards Sharm el Sheikh, estimated to land about 15 minutes later, when the crew declared emergency reporting the left GE CF6 engine had failed due to fuel not reaching the engine and powerplant was shut down.
The agreement extends through 2024 and covers external Unison new parts and component repairs for all engine lines in the Qatar Airways fleet which includes the CF6, CFM, V2500, GEnx, GE90 and GP7200.