Powering the ‘Backbone’ of Qatar Airways’ Fleet

Powering the ‘Backbone’ of Qatar Airways’ Fleet

July 20, 2014 at 04:07pm

At last week’s Farnborough International Airshow, Qatar Airways finalized orders and made purchase rights commitments that could total up to $8 billion in GE Aviation engine orders.

The confirmation of the GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9X aircraft order for 50 aircraft and a commitment for another 50 aircraft is the airline’s largest-ever order for a single aircraft type. The airline also ordered four GE90-powered Boeing 777 Freighters, with an option for an additional four 777 Freighters.

The GE9X engine – which will be the largest, most fuel-efficient large-body aircraft engine – will power the Boeing 777X, which Qatar Airways called the “backbone” of its fleet.

The GE9X engine will be in the 100,000-pound thrust class with a 10% improvement in fuel burn over today’s GE90-115B. For its part, the GE90-115B, which will power Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 Freighters, has been enhanced since its 2000 launch specifications to reduce fuel burn by 3.6% and is well below international standards on key emissions.

The GE90 is one of GE’s most popular engines, while the GE9X is one of GE’s fastest-selling wide-body engines. Both engines are part of GE’s ecomagination portfolio of products that help clients address today’s environmental challenges.

For more on the GE9X engine project, click here. For more on the GE90 class of engines, click here.

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