First Choice Airways, based in Manchester, England, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to purchase General Electric Company’s GEnx engine to power six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The airline has purchased rights for an additional six 787s. The airline is part of the international leisure travel corporation First Choice Holidays PLC. Aircraft deliveries begin in 2009.
“”We are thrilled to have First Choice as our first customer on the 787 and to embark on this new long-term relationship,”” said Tom Brisken, general manager of the GEnx program. “”Breakthrough technologies in our new GEnx engine will bring outstanding economics, low noise, and low emissions to the First Choice fleet.””
While the GEnx is a new engine, it is based heavily on technologies GE has invested in over several years. In 2005, the focus will be on maturing those technologies through an aggressive schedule of validation testing. Among the GEnx’s unique technologies are a front fan case and fan blades made of composites – for greater engine durability and weight reduction – and a next-generation combustor for efficient fuel mixing before ignition, resulting in significantly lower NOx levels.
Based on the architecture of the renowned GE90 engine, the GEnx is being designed to meet the aggressive performance targets for the twin-engine 787. The first full engine will go to test in 2006, with engine certification scheduled for 2007.
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