Fri, Dec 16, 2005
Airline May Take As Many As 20 Dreamliners
In a deal valued at more than $240 million, Korean Air has
selected the GEnx engine to power its order for 10 Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft, as well as its option for 10 more should the
airline exercise it. Engine deliveries are set to begin in
"By any measure, Korean Air is a key global player in commercial
aviation," said Scott Donnelly, President of GE - Aviation. "It is
a both a world-leading passenger and cargo carrier, and GE is
thrilled Korean Air has selected the GEnx, one of the
fastest-selling jet engines in aviation."
General Electric representatives tell ANN that with the Korean
Air selection, GEnx engines to date have been selected to power 94
firm Boeing 787 aircraft orders. In total, the new GEnx engine has
been selected to power more than 220 aircraft -- valued at more
than $6 billion.
"We are pleased to announce this milestone -- a renewed
partnership with GE," said Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean
Air. "GE's proven reliability and efficiency, in addition to the
cost advantages of the new engine, were exactly what Korean Air was
seeking in our search for an engine supplier."
The composite-bladed GEnx is based
on the architecture of the GE90. It will succeed the CF6 engine
family, which is GE's most reliable and best-selling engine on
wide-body aircraft. The GEnx is part of GE's "ecomagination"
product portfolio -- GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective
technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating
The fan blades will utilize GE90 composite technology that has
performed remarkably well on GE90 engines, with no in-service
issues for almost a decade. The GEnx will operate with 18 fan
blades (50 percent fewer than the CF6) at noise levels lower than
any large GE commercial engine currently in service. The GEnx also
features a new combustor for efficient fuel mixing before ignition,
resulting in significantly lower NOx levels.
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