Earlier today, Singapore Airlines announced an order for 20 GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9 aircraft and five spare engines. The order for 45 GE9X engines is valued at more than $2.0 billion (USD) list price.
"Singapore Airlines' order for 20 GE9X-powered 777-9 aircraft demonstrates the airline's confidence in the new engine-aircraft combination," said Ted Ingling, GE9X general manager at GE Aviation. "The new GE9X engine has performed flawlessly through initial testing. With more than 700 engines on order, it has become one of the fastest selling widebody engines for GE Aviation."
The first GE9X engine completed testing in 2016 with flight-testing on GE's flying testbed anticipated later this year. Engine certification is scheduled for 2018.
In February 2016, Singapore Airlines and GE signed an extension to its OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of GE90-115B engine that power its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The GE90 engine provides the foundation for the new GE9X engine that will power the Boeing 777-9 aircraft. The GE9X engine will be in the 100,000 pound thrust class. Key features include a 134-inch diameter composite fan case and 16 fourth-generation composite fan blades; a next-generation 27:1 pressure-ratio 11-stage high-pressure compressor; a third-generation TAPS III combustor for high efficiency and low emissions; and CMC material in the combustor and turbine.
IHI Corporation, Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Aero Boosters and MTU Aero Engines AG are participants in the GE9X engine program.