Etihad selects GE engines for new Boeings planes
Abu Dhabi, November 17, 2013
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has selected 127 GE Aviation engine to power its 56 new Boeing aircraft.
The order includes installed and spare engines, and future service support, said a statement.
The announcement was made by James Hogan, Etihad’s president and chief executive, and David Joyce, GE Aviation’s president and CEO, at the Dubai Air Show, in tandem with the airline’s Boeing order.
The deal is for 57 GE9X engines which will power Etihad Airways’ 25 new Boeing 777X aircraft, 68 GEnx-1B engines for the airline’s 30 new Boeing 787-10 aircraft, and two GE90-115B engines which will be used on its new Boeing 777-200F freighter. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from 2018.
In addition to the main engine deal, Etihad has signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement with GE, valued at $8 billion, to cover all the engines in the order.
OnPoint solutions are customised service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower airlines’ cost of ownership and maximise the use of assets.
The GE9X engine for Boeing's 777X aircraft will offer a 10 per cent improvement in fuel burn over today's GE90-115B, said the statement.
The GEnx offers up to 15 per cent better fuel consumption, translating to a 15 per cent reduction in CO2. It also reduces NOx gases by as much as 55 per cent below today's regulatory limits and other regulated gases by as much as 90 per cent, it said.
Based on the ratio of decibels to pounds of thrust, the GEnx is the quietest engine GE produces due to the large, more efficient fan blades that operate at a slower tip speed, resulting in about 40 per cent lower noise levels.
The GEnx and GE90-115B engines are part of GE’s “ecomagination” product portfolio, a commitment to implementing innovative, cost-effective technologies that enhance the customers’ environmental and operating performance. - TradeArabia News Service