Just in time for its 15th anniversary, the GEnx Engine Program celebrated the delivery of the 2,000th GEnx engine to Boeing, capping a banner year for the fastest-selling widebody engine GE Aviation has ever produced.
"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 percent better fuel efficiency and excellent reliability that results in high utilization rates."
With the highest pressure ratio compressor in commercial service today, the GEnx has the best fuel efficiency in its thrust class, enabling it to power many of the longest routes, including Qantas' 787-9 record-breaking non-stop flight from New York to Sydney last month. The flight carried a total of 49 passengers and covered 10,200 miles in 19 hours and 16 minutes. GEnx reliability also makes it the best engine for short routes, flying distances below 100 miles in severe environment.
The key to the GEnx engine's performance are its high pressure compressor, lean-burning combustor and lightweight durable composite materials. With the highest pressure ratio compressor in commercial service today, the GEnx has the best fuel efficiency in its thrust class, enabling it to power many of the longest routes. These leading-edge technologies and the engine's elegant architecture bring in high operational reliability, excellent utilization rate and route flexibility for more flights per year and more revenue for airlines.
"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. "The GEnx just keeps delivering, from higher reliability to record breaking flights, it continues to set new performance standards for widebody aircraft."
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 and more revenue opportunities. More than 1,900 engines are flying today with 60 operators of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 aircraft.