GE’s over 120-person facility in West Jefferson played an important role in developing rotating parts for the engine, supporting key manufacturing jobs that many see as the backbone of the American economy.
Cargolux, a successful cargo carrier based in Luxembourg, is a launch customer for the GEnx-powered Boeing 747-8. Cargolux, with 13 Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft on firm order, took delivery of its first two aircraft Oct. 12 and 13.
In addition to powering the four-engine 747-8, the GEnx engine is also the best-selling engine for Boeing’s popular 787. Since its launch in 2004, the GEnx has received more than 1,300 orders with a list price value of more than $17 billion for 47 customers on the Boeing 747-8 (GEnx-2B engine) and the Boeing 787 (GEnx-1B).
“This is a huge year for the GEnx,” said David Joyce, president of CEO of GE Aviation. “Its technical features make it a very unique jet engine resulting from more than a decade of concentrated focus on its development. Now, the engine can prove itself in operational service first with Cargolux, and then with many more customers over the next few years.”
As the Boeing 747-8 and 787 fleets prepare to enter service, the GEnx engine production is dramatically ramping up. GEnx deliveries are growing in 2011 to more than 140 engines, compared to 67 deliveries in 2010. In 2012, GEnx deliveries are expected to surpass 200.
The production ramp-up is increasing GEnx activity at GE Aviation’s large network of production sites. These sites and their contribution to the GEnx engine are in Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, and Indiana as well as several locations in North Carolina including West Jefferson.
Based on proven GE90 architecture, the GEnx engine succeeds GE’s CF6 engine. Compared to the CF6 engine, the GEnx will offer up to 15 percent improved fuel efficiency, which translates to 15 percent less CO2. The GEnx’s innovative twin-annular pre-swirl (TAPS) combustor will dramatically reduce NOx gases as much as 60 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 will be the quietest engine GE has produced due to the large, more efficient fan blades that operate at slower tip speed, resulting in about 30 percent lower noise levels. The GEnx will be the world’s only jet engine with both a front fan case and fan blades made of carbon fiber composites.
GEnx innovations are also being incorporated into new GE engines under development including the recently-launched GE Passport engine for business jets and the LEAP engine, the next-generation engine from CFM International, the 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (SAFRAN GROUP) of France.
Revenue-sharing participants on the GEnx are IHI Corporation of Japan, Avio SpA. of Italy, Volvo Aero of Sweden, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero of Belgium, Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France and Samsung Techwin of Korea.
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.
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