We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Powerful Are Modern Airplane Engines?

People tend to take for granted the technological advances inherent in today’s jet airplanes. For example, the Boeing 777, which was first flown commercially by United Airlines in 1995, has unbelievable power. Each of its gigantic GE-90 engines produces more than 111,000 horsepower, and during take-off, the engines take in 2 million cubic feet (56,634 cubic meters) of air per minute. Needless to say, transportation technology has come a long way since the days of the RMS Titanic, the state-of-the-art ocean liner completed in 1912. All together, the Titanic’s steam engines, powered by 159 coal furnaces, only produced about 46,000 horsepower.

Lucky 7s for the Boeing fleet:

  • The Boeing 777 is considered to be the world's longest-range airliner, able to fly more than halfway around the globe. It holds the record for the longest distance flown non-stop by a commercial aircraft.
  • The engines on the 777 are so large that they are almost the same diameter as the fuselage of the Boeing 737. Each engine costs about $24 million USD.
  • The plane is the world's largest twin-engine jet and has a typical seating capacity of 314 to 396 passengers, with a range of 5,240 to 8,555 nautical miles (9,704 to 15,844 km).
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.