Today's All Nippon Airways (ANA) announcement to order 20 GE9X-powered Boeing 777X aircraft and six GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER is exciting news for GE Aviation and the GE90/GE9X programs. The combined engine orders are valued at $2 billion USD list price.
"GE Aviation is pleased to play a role in ANA's fleet expansion with our GE9X and GE90 engines," said Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90/GE9X Program. "The GE90 engines have proven to be extremely fuel efficient and durable in the field, and we are confident the GE9X engines will continue the GE90 outstanding performance for decades to come."
Since Boeing selected the GE9X engine to power its new 777X family last year, close to 600 GE9X engines have been ordered by six customers: Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific and ANA.
The GE9X engine for Boeing's 777X family will be in the 100,000-pound thrust class with a 10 percent improvement in fuel burn over today's GE90-115B. Key features include: the industry's largest front fan, composite fan case and fourth-generation composite fan blades, highest pressure ratio compressor for any large GE engine, third-generation TAPS (twin annular pre-swirl) combustor for greater efficiency and low emissions, and ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material in the combustor and turbine.
At 115,000 pounds of thrust, the GE90-115B engine includes such performance-enhancing features as three-dimensional aerodynamic (3-D aero) compressor and wide-chord, swept composite fan blades for greater efficiency. The dual annual combustor emits no more than 40 percent of the hydrocarbons allowed by today's international standards. More than 1,500 GE90-115B engines have been ordered by customers for their Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 777 Freighters.
Snecma of France and IHI Corporation of Japan are revenue-sharing participants in the GE90 program.
Source: GE Aviation
Date: Mar 28, 2014