Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced an additional order for 22 GE9X engines to power its fleet of Boeing 777-9 aircraft.
The order, which includes a 12-year GE TrueChoice services contract, is valued at US $2.8bn.Singapore Airlines has a total of 31 Boeing 777-9 aircraft on order and is scheduled to be the first airline in the Asia Pacific region to operate the new generation widebody aircraft. In 2017, the airline placed an initial order for 40 GE9X engines.
GE9X Program General Manager Mike Hoffmeister said: “Singapore Airlines has been a long-standing customer and we are proud to continue to grow our relationship. The GE9X engine offers a combination of power and fuel efficiency that is unmatched in its class.”
Increasing operating efficiencies and lowering fuel burn
Lau Hwa Peng, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Singapore Airlines added: “The cutting-edge technologies that have gone into the Boeing 777-9 and the GE9X engines will help SIA to increase our operating efficiencies, lower our fuel burn, and materially reduce our carbon emissions. This will reinforce SIA’s position as a leading global airline, and enable us to capture future growth opportunities.”
The Boeing 777-9 will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, delivering 10 per cent better fuel use, emissions and operating costs than any aircraft in its class. The GE9X is infused with GE technologies, including heat-resistant Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) materials, additively-manufactured parts and lean-burn combustion that helps improve fuel efficiency.
With an overall pressure ratio of 60:1, the GE9X engine has the highest pressure ratio of any commercial aircraft engine in service. The GE9X offers the lowest NOx emissions within its class and is the quietest GE engine ever produced. Both the GE9X and GE90 are compatible with any approved Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The GE9X engine programme comprises IHI Corporation, Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Aero Boosters and MTU Aero Engines AG.