China Eastern and GE Aviation have signed an agreement extension on Industrial Internet cooperation for the airline’s fleet of about 270 aircraft, primarily consisting of A320s, A330s, Boeing 737s and Boeing 777s. In this agreement, GE and China Eastern enable the improvement of China Eastern’s operational efficiency and fuel savings by analyzing the airline’s fleet data to identify cost savings opportunities.

Chairman Liu Shaoyong of China Eastern and GE Aviation President and CEO David Joyce were on hand as GE Aviation Great China President Weiming Xiang and China Eastern Vice President Feng Liang signed the agreement during a ceremony on April 6.

“We have been working with China Eastern over the past two years and have made impressive progress by analyzing flight data and using it in a way to identify opportunities for operational savings for the airline,” said Joyce.

This agreement will extend cooperation for a year, enabling both companies to work together on flight analytics, engine management analytics and fuel efficiency to bring improved operational productivity to China Eastern’s fleet operations. Meanwhile, with its experience and skills as an engine manufacturer, GE will provide training programs to improve China Eastern’s engine management capability and also provide Six Sigma training programs for China Eastern.

“China Eastern is highly focused on environmental protection and is committed to improving aircraft efficiency and reducing emissions,” said Shaoyong. “China Eastern and GE are continuing cooperation on flight operation data research, which is an innovative cooperation model of production and operation in the industry. We believe our cooperation with GE will generate very important value for the development in the aviation industry.”

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