The GEnx, the fastest-selling, high-thrust jet engine in GE Aviation's history, is being delivered today on the new Boeing 747-8 to Cargolux - the first customer delivery for an engine which has helped to define the next generation of GE's commercial engines.
Cargolux, a successful cargo carrier based in Luxembourg, is a launch customer for the GEnx-powered Boeing 747-8. Cargolux, with 13 Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft on firm order, will take delivery of its first two aircraft today and tomorrow.
In addition to powering the four-engine 747-8, the GEnx engine is also the best-selling engine for Boeing's popular 787. Since its launch in 2004, the GEnx has received more than 1,300 orders with a list-price value of more than $17 billion for 47 customers on the Boeing 747-8 (GEnx-2B engine) and the Boeing 787 (GEnx-1B).
"This is a huge year for the GEnx," said David Joyce, president of CEO of GE Aviation. "Its technical features make it a very unique jet engine resulting from more than a decade of concentrated focus on its development. Now, the engine can prove itself in operational service first with Cargolux, and then with many more customers over the next few years."
As the Boeing 747-8 and 787 fleets prepare to enter service, the GEnx engine production is dramatically ramping up. GEnx deliveries are growing in 2011 to more than 140 engines, compared to 67 deliveries in 2010. In 2012, GEnx deliveries are expected to surpass 200.
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