Fri, Jun 08, 2007
May Power As Many As Eight Planes
Air Pacific has selected General Electric's GEnx engines to
power its five firm and three option Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Delivery of the engines will begin in 2011. The engine deal is
valued at more than $100 million list price.
"GE is very proud that Air Pacific has selected the GEnx engine
to power its new Boeing 787 fleet," said Scott Donnelly, president
and CEO of GE Aviation. "The GEnx engine is performing
exceptionally well in our testing program, and we look forward to
supporting Air Pacific before and after the engines enter service
in 2011. Air Pacific is a key carrier in the South Pacific and a
terrific GE customer. This decision will extend the excellent
relationship that began in 1983 and continues to this day."
"After extensive and in-depth evaluation and negotiation, we
have selected the General Electric manufactured GEnx engine due to
its superior operating performance and improved environmental
impact across the Air Pacific network," said John Campbell,
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Air Pacific. "The
GEnx-powered Boeing 787-9 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than
our current Boeing 767 aircraft, will produce up to 20 percent less
carbon dioxide, 40 percent less nitrous oxide and have a noise
footprint that is 50 percent lower than the Boeing 767
Boeing selected the GEnx in 2004 as one of two engine options
for its composite-bodied airliner, which is due to make its first
flight later this year -- powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
turbofans. The GEnx, which sports composite fan blades, is now
undergoing flight testing.
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