Thu, Jan 05, 2006
TAM Brazilian Airlines has selected
General Electric's GEnx engine to power its new order of 10 Airbus
A350-900 aircraft. TAM is scheduled to begin taking delivery of the
new A350s in late 2012.
"The advanced technology of the GEnx was a big factor in our
decision," said Marco Bologna, president of TAM. "The low operating
costs of the engine, coupled with the inherent GE reliability it
will bring, made the GEnx the perfect choice to help us renew and
expand our long-haul fleet."
To date, GE has signed agreements to power a total of 122 A350
aircraft with its fast-selling GEnx engine.
"We're pleased that TAM has made GE the engine supplier of
choice for its wide-body fleet," said Scott Donnelly, president and
CEO of GE Aviation. "The airline already operates CF6-80E-powered
A330s. This order gives us the opportunity to broaden and
strengthen the relationship we've already built with this great
customer and to be a part of its growth."
Airbus has established an integrated certification schedule for
the A350, which includes GEnx engine flight-testing in 2009, and
aircraft/engine certification in 2010. GE has a full-time team of
engineers at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France,
collaborating on the A350 program.
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