EVENDALE, Ohio -- China Airlines, the leading carrier of Taiwan, selected GE Aircraft Engines to power 22 wide-body passenger and cargo aircraft in an engine order valued at more than $600 million. 

Taipei-based China Airlines ordered GE's CF6 engine to power 12 Airbus A330-300s, six Boeing 747-400s, and four Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft. 

China Airlines currently operates 11 GE-powered 747-400 freighters, as well as 11 Boeing 737-800s and six Airbus A340-300s, all powered by CFM56 engines, produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma Moteurs of France. Two additional GE-powered 747-400 freighters are on order. 

"The reliability and performance of the CF6 engines already in the China Airlines' fleet were key to our win," said Li Hsi, General Manager of the Greater China Region for GE Aircraft Engines. "We are most gratified with China Airlines' engine decision. As a major GE customer in the region, China Airlines will continue to benefit from GE's Six Sigma quality efforts with the airline, our maintenance support, and other cooperative efforts." 

China Airlines begins to take delivery of its new Airbus and Boeing aircraft in 2004. 

GE's CF6 family of engines have accumulated more than 240 million flight hours powering more than 17 different models of wide-body airliners - more than any other high bypass wide-body engine. 

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