The ecomagination-qualified GEnx engine notched another success on Sunday when it powered the first flight of Japan Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a landing in Boston. JAL recently took possession of the GEnx-equipped aircraft and has started the first nonstop route between Boston and Asia.
The GEnx engine has already set round-the-world distance and speed records in its class. Its ability to burn fuel more efficiently and with fewer CO2 emissions have made it a standard bearer for the ecomagination portfolio. The engine’s lightweight fan blades and case are made from space-age composite materials that reduce its weight by 400 pounds per engine.
Sunday was also the first revenue-generating flight of the GEnx-1B engine but it will soon become the workhorse of the long-haul fleet: the GEnx is the bestselling engine in GE’s history, with 1,300 engines on order.
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