July 20, 2010
FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- Royal Jordanian has agreed to purchase six GEnx-1B engines to power its three additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This new order is in addition to the four purchased and four leased GEnx-1B-powered Boeing 787 aircraft that Royal Jordanian announced in 2007.
The six newly purchased GEnx engines will be covered in the Royal Jordanian's 12-year OnPoint solution services agreement that was signed in 2007 and will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the airline's GEnx fleet.
"The selection of the GEnx engines once again for our second B787 order re-affirms our trust in GE Aviation and this superior product," said Hussein Dabbas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Jordanian. "The testing which the GEnx has undergone through certification has given us the confidence of the level of performance and cost of ownership that we can expect from an engine that will form a core part of our long-haul fleet renewal plan."
"This additional order for GEnx engines demonstrates the confidence that Royal Jordanian has in the GEnx engine," said David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation. "GE Aviation looks forward to working with the airline to ensure a smooth entry into service."
The GEnx-1B and -2B engines continue flight-testing on the Boeing 787 and 747-8 respectively. The engine has accumulated more than 12,000 cycles and 9,000 hours since it began testing in 2006.
Based on proven GE90 architecture, the GEnx engine will succeed GE's CF6 engine. Compared to the CF6 engine, the GEnx will offer 15 percent improved fuel efficiency, which translates to 15 percent less CO2. The GEnx's innovative twin-annular pre-swirl (TAPS) combustor will dramatically reduce NOx gases as much as 60 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 will be the quietest engine GE has produced due to the large, more efficient fan blades that operate at slower tip speed, resulting in about 30 percent lower noise levels. The GEnx will be the world's only jet engine with both a front fan case and fan blades made of carbon fiber composites.
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 are revenue-sharing participants in the GEnx program.
The GEnx is part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio - GE's commitment to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the customers' cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets. Backed by GE's global support network, OnPoint services may include overhaul, on wing support, new and used-serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and integrated systems.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.