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China Eastern Airlines has selected GE-Aviation’s GEnx engine to power its 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The GEnx engine is the world’s only jet engine with both 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 well, with no routine on-wing maintenance required and no in-service issues for more than 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 oxides of nitrogen (NOx) levels.
The value of the GEnx engines ordered is approximately $370 million. Aircraft delivery will begin in June 2008. China Eastern has also reached a 15-year OnPointSM Solutions maintenance agreement with GE for its GEnx fleet.
With this order, China Eastern Airlines is the fourth Chinese airline to select the GEnx engine for its 787 fleet. China Eastern, based in Shanghai, is one of the three largest airlines in China and the largest GE/CFM customer in China. The airline will deploy the new 787s for its expanding international routes.
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