General Electric GEnx

June 17, 2010 - 6:19am

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines–ZA005–completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. Pacific time yesterday, following a three-hour-and-48-minute maiden mission over the state of Washington.

GE executives and Boeing employees assembled to welcome captains Mike Bryan and Mike Carriker to Boeing Field in Seattle following completion of the flight.

June 11, 2010 - 8:32am
MTU Aero Engines has found a way to make blade tip hard-facing affordable, th...

Composites and other new and expensive materials play key roles in the engines that will power new single-aisle airliners, such as the Comac C919, Bombardier C Series and, possibly, Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 upgrades. Pratt & Whitney and CFM aim to make their future engines more efficient with material changes-some low profile, others better known-that all contribute to double-digit improvements in fuel consumption.

June 11, 2010 - 8:14am
GEnx-1B turbofans power the fifth 787 prototype. Boeing has advertised a stan...

It seems Boeing hasn’t convinced everyone of the value of its standard engine interface feature on the 787 Dreamliner, which the company says allows quick and cost-effective changeability between the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s and GE GEnx-1B turbofans chosen to power the airplane.

May 13, 2010 - 5:19am

Boeing on Monday ran the first General Electric GEnx engines expected to power the fifth 787 Dreamliner prototype, which is scheduled to be the first to fly with the big turbofans. Rolls-Royce Trent 1000s power the first four 787 prototypes, all of which are now involved in the flight-test program.

April 9, 2010 - 6:12am

GE Aviation plans to spend $63.5 million over the next six years to diversify its product line at its manufacturing plant in Bromont, Quebec, GE Canada announced today.

Québec Premier Jean Charest and Clement Gignac, minister of economic development, innovation and export trade, announced financial assistance of up to $13.3 million from the Strategic Support for Investment (PASI), managed by Investissement Québec. 

March 26, 2010 - 11:14am
GE Aviation and Air India inked a deal that calls for MRO collaboration on th...

The crash of an Indian Navy trainer and lackluster attendance cast a pall over what attendees might otherwise have remembered as a commercially productive India Aviation 2010 airshow, held March 3 to 7 in Hyderabad. In fact, the show provided a stage for a series of important commercial developments, led by the opening of a new CFM56 Training Center in the host city.

February 2, 2010 - 5:59pm

General Electric has started wind-tunnel testing of multiple one-fifth-scale configurations for its open-rotor engine to identify the optimum blade design. Minimal noise output and minimal specific fuel consumption are primary benefits derived from the two counter-rotating stages of blades.

February 2, 2010 - 2:35am

The Boeing 787-3 program appears all but dead after Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth yesterday expressed grave doubts about the market viability of the short-range version of the present 787-8. “This is an airplane that is designed for the Japanese market. We have no Japanese customers. We have no customers for it at all,” said Tinseth. “I would find it far fetched to believe that we’ll proceed with that airplane.”

December 9, 2009 - 4:33am

Boeing announced this morning that it completed the first engine runs for the 747-8 Freighter as the program inches closer to first flight, expected next month. “We are very pleased with the engines’ performance during this test,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “The engines and all the systems performed as expected."

November 12, 2009 - 7:56pm

Recessions come and go, but the quest to develop ever more efficient engines for the next generation of single-aisle aircraft continues. Given the time it takes to develop new powerplant technologies, which can be measured in decades, engine manufacturers have to be more confident than most of eventual recovery in the airline industry if the millions spent on research and development are not to be wasted.

 
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