Air Canada Selects GE Engines for New Boeing Fleet
EVENDALE, OH - Air Canada has selected GEnx engines to power its new Boeing 787 fleet, along with the GE90 which powers the 777-200LR and 777-300ER fleets.
GEnx engines will power Air Canada's new fleet of 14 firm Boeing 787 aircraft, along with options and purchase rights for a total of up to 60 787 aircraft. The list price value of the engines for the firm order of 787 aircraft is more than $400 million. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2010.
GE90-115B engines will power 18 firm Boeing extended-range 777 aircraft with the purchase rights for an additional 18 777 aircraft. The 777 aircraft fleet will be a mix of 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and the 777 Freighter. The list price value of the GE90 engines for the firm order of 777 aircraft is more than $900 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2007. The cost of engines is included in the manufacturer's list price of aircraft.
The GEnx is based on the highly successful GE90 architecture. It will succeed GE's CF6 engine family, which is the most reliable and best-selling engine on wide-body aircraft.
The GEnx provides significantly better fuel burn and payload performance than GE's CF6 engines. It is the world's only jet engine with a front fan case and fan blades made of composites, which provide for greater engine durability, weight reduction and lower operating costs. The fan blades will utilize GE90 composite technology that has performed remarkably well, 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. The GEnx also features a new combustor for efficient fuel mixing before ignition, resulting in significantly lower NOx levels. The first full GEnx engine will go to test in 2006, with engine certification scheduled for 2007.
The GE90-115B is certified at an unprecedented 115,000 pounds (512 kN) thrust and serves as the powerplant for Boeing's 777-300ER, 777-200LR, and the upcoming 777 freighter targeted for entry into service in 2008. A total of 135 777-300ERs and nine 777-200LRs have been ordered by airlines worldwide.
The GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-200LR, the world's longest-range commercial aircraft, began flight-testing in March 2005. The first 777-200LR aircraft will be delivered to Pakistan Airlines in January 2006. Snecma of France, Avio SpA. of Italy, and IHI of Japan are revenue-sharing participants in the GE90 program.
The GEnx and GE90 are part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio - GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
GE - Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of jet engines for civil and military aircraft. GE also is a global provider of maintenance and support services for operators of GE jet engines.