November 14, 2012
ZHUHAI AIR SHOW - Hainan Airlines selected GE Aviation's GEnx-1B engines to power its two additional Boeing 787 aircraft. This bring Hainan Airlines' total GEnx-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet to 10 aircraft.
Hainan Airlines also expanded its long-term service agreement to include the additional GEnx engines. As part of the agreement, Hainan's GEnx engine fleet will be maintained in the latest configuration to ensure they remain the most fuel efficient engines in their class.
"Hainan Airlines' order for additional GEnx engines demonstrates the airline's confidence in the engine's performance," said Chuck Nugent, general manager of GE's GEnx Program. "The GEnx engine will provide Hainan Airlines with improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and lower noise to further the carrier’s environmental efforts."
"Hainan Airlines is committed to energy conservation and emissions reduction and the introduction of new equipment and new technology is an important way. We aim to be a green company," said Yu Wenyong, Vice President of Hainan Airlines. "The technical features of the GEnx engine – improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions will greatly help us achieve our goal."
The GEnx-1B engine is the best-selling engine on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The engine has accumulated more than 18,000 flight hours and more than 3,400 cycles since entering service in April. More than 800 GEnx-1B engines have been sold to close to 30 customers.
The GEnx engine family is the fastest-selling engine in GE Aviation history with more than 1,300 engines on order. Compared to GE's CF6 engine, the GEnx engine offers up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency, which translates to 15 percent less CO2. The GEnx's innovative twin-annular pre-swirl (TAPS) combustor dramatically reduces NOx gases as much as 55 percent below today's regulatory limits and other regulated gases as much as 90 percent. Based on the ratio of decibels to pounds of thrust, the GEnx is the quietest engine GE produces due to the large, more efficient fan blades that operate at slower tip speed, resulting in about 30 percent lower noise levels.
The GEnx is part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio - GE's business strategy to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
Revenue-sharing participants on the GEnx are IHI Corporation of Japan, Avio SpA. of Italy, Volvo Aero of Sweden, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero of Belgium, Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France and Samsung Techwin of Korea.
Headquartered in the Hainan Province, Hainan Airlines is the one of the fastest developing airlines in China and maintains an excellent safety record and a strong service reputation. Hainan Airlines operates more than 500 domestic and international routes through China, Asia, Europe, the Americas, South Pacific islands and Africa. The Boeing 787 fleet will be deployed on Hainan’s expanding international routes.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.