Just in time for its 15th anniversary, the GEnx engine program celebrated delivery of the 2,000th GEnx engine to Boeing, capping a banner year for the GE Aviation widebody engine.
"This milestone is a tribute to the past 15 years, as well as springboard for future innovation and applications for the GEnx," said Mahendra Nair, general manager for the GEnx program. "From a blank sheet design to incorporating the latest advanced technologies and materials, our customers prefer the GEnx thanks in part to the 15% better fuel efficiency and excellent reliability that results in high utilization rates."
With high-pressure ratio compressor, the GEnx offers fuel efficiency to power many of the longest routes, including Qantas' 787-9 record-breaking non-stop flight from New York to Sydney in October. The flight carried 49 passengers and covered 10,200 miles in 19 hours and 16 minutes.
"Whenever we reach a milestone like assembling the 2,000th GEnx engine, it's an exciting day for our customers and the program," said Jim Leister, GEnx executive program manager.
Launched in April 2002, the GEnx has the highest reliability and utilization, lowest fuel burn and longest range capable of any engine on the Boeing 787 aircraft, providing airlines with more flights per year. More than 1,900 engines are flying today with 60 operators of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 aircraft.