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The 5 Most Powerful Commercial Jet Engines Based on Thrust

GE90-115B engine
The following is a list of the five most powerful commercial jet engines based on thrust.

The first of these engines is the GE90-115B, manufactured by GE Aviation. This engine generates up to 115,300 pounds of thrust at sea level which makes it the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine. At a GE testing facility in 2002, the engine generated 127,900 pounds of thrust which secured it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The GE90-115B engine was specifically developed for the Boeing 777 series and over 1,000 engines are currently in service with Boeing. The engine is 135 inches in diameter and 287 inches long. Its aerodynamic design allows the light blades to minimize the engine weight while also drawing large amounts of air into the engine.

The second most powerful engine is the Trent XWB engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce. It is the most powerful and fastest-selling engine in the Trent series. It generates anywhere from 75,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds of thrust and is considered to be one of the world’s most efficient aero engines. The Trent XWB engine uses a special lightweight three-shaft design. It features an advanced fan system and improved internal air system for a decrease in noise as well as fuel burn. This engine will be responsible for powering the first Airbus A350 XWB, which debuted in late 2014.

In third place is another engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce, the Trent 800. Similar to its “older brother” engine, the Trent XWB, the Trent 800 engine generates anywhere from 75,000 pounds to 95,000 pounds of thrust. Over 500 of these engines are in service aboard 220 aircraft. As of December 2012, the Trent 800 has accumulated over 21 million hours and 4 million cycles.

Another GE Aviation engine, the GE90-94B, lands in fourth place. This engine generates up to 93,700 pounds of thrust at sea level. This GE90 engine series is the first in commercial aviation history to integrate carbon fiber composite fan blades. The engine, which is made of carbon fiber and a hardened epoxy matrix, is responsible for powering the Boeing 777-200 ER and the 777-300.

In fifth place is Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 112, which is a super high thrust engine—generating 74,000 pounds up to 90,000 pounds of thrust. It is the first engine to operate with approval for Extended Range Twin-engine Operations with a duration of 207 minutes. The PW4000 series of engines retain modular components with easy accessibility that ensures operators both time and cost savings.

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