TUI Group selected the GEnx-1B engine to power an additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. TUI Travel and GE also expanded a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services to include these new GEnx-1B engines. The engine order and TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement are valued at more than $120 million (USD) list price and over the life of the contract.
"With this additional engine order, TUI Group's GEnx-powered 787 Dreamliner fleet will grow to 17 aircraft after deliveries in the next two years," said Tom Chandler, Director of Fleet Management and Fleet Finance, TUI Group. "The GEnx-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliners have helped TUI Group's airlines continue to grow their long-haul business and allow our customers to reach new and exciting leisure destinations."
"TUI Group was the launch customer for the GEnx engine on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner," said Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing at GE Aviation. "The GEnx engine powers TUI Group's entire fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and we are honored with the confidence TUI Group has in the engine line and GE Aviation."
More than 1,600 GEnx-1B engines have been sold to 51 customers. Compared to GE's CF6 engine, the GEnx engine offers up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency, which translates to 15 percent less CO2. The GEnx's innovative twin-annular pre-swirl (TAPS) combustor dramatically reduces NOx gases as much as 55 percent below today's regulatory limits and other regulated gases as much as 90 percent. Based on the ratio of decibels to pounds of thrust, the GEnx is the quietest engine GE produces due to the large, more efficient fan blades that operate at slower tip speed, resulting in about 40 percent lower noise levels.
The GEnx is part of GE's "ecomagination" product portfolio - GE's business strategy to develop new, cost-effective technologies that enhance customers' environmental and operating performance.
GEnx's revenue-sharing participants are IHI Corporation of Japan, Volvo Aero of Sweden, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero (Safran) of Belgium, Safran Aircraft Engines of France and Samsung Techwin of Korea.
The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings for commercial aviation industry emphasizes the breadth and depth of capabilities and customization across the entire engine lifecycle. The TrueChoice suite includes:
Each of the TrueChoice offerings is underpinned by GE Aviation's emerging capability and experience with using data and analytics to offer new insights to reduce maintenance burden and service disruptions for our customers.