Japan Airlines $350 Million Engine Order Marks Continued Market Shift to GE90 Engine
EVENDALE, OHIO - Japan Airlines (JAL) has selected GE engines to power 11 Boeing wide-body aircraft in an engine order valued at $350 million.JAL ordered GE90 engines to power eight Boeing 777-200ERs and CF6-80C2 engines for three Boeing 767-300ERs, following an extensive technical review. Aircraft delivery begins in 2002.JAL's current fleet of 777-200s are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. The airline's decision to switch to GE90 engines for its new 777-200ERs reflects a growing trend within the marketplace as customers pursue engines that offer superior reliability, operational versatility, and a growth option for the expanding application of wide-body twinjet aircraft."GE's continued investment in the GE90 through the -94B and -115B is driving market preference," said David Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of GE Aircraft Engines. "We are very gratified with JAL's confidence in GE engines and our development strategy."The GE90 family, the best-selling engine for Boeing 777 aircraft, won the majority of engine orders placed for the 777 last year. In total, 17 customers have ordered 201 firm and 52 option GE90-powered 777 aircraft, with a firm engine value of more than $6.7 billion.The GE90-94B derivative, certified last year, will power JAL's new fleet of 777-200ERs. Key technologies in the GE90-94B serve as the basis for the GE90-115B derivative now under development. This 115,000-pound-thrust GE90 derivative was selected by Boeing as the only engine to power its longer range 777 family. Six customers, including JAL, launched the longer range 777 family in 2000.JAL currently operates 40 Boeing 747-400s and eight 767-300ERs with CF6-80C2 engines. The -80C2B7F engines to power the new 767-300ERS are rated at 62,100 pounds thrust.