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March 20, 2012

Boeing Wins FAA Certification for 787 Dreamliner Powered by General Electric GEnx Engines

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Japan Airlines seen here and all 44 additional copies will be powered by GEnx-1B engines

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday granted Boeing an amended type certificate for the 787-8 Dreamliner powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.

Certification allows Boeing to begin delivering 787s to customer who have ordered the planes with GEnx engines. The first GEnx 787 is expected to be delivered to Japan Airlines later this month.

The milestone comes six months after certification of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 version of the 787.

“This is a great day for our customers and for our team who worked tirelessly to ensure the Dreamliner offers breakthrough fuel efficiency, unprecedented performance and new levels of comfort,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, in a statement. “We are pleased to accept the FAA’s confirmation of the safety and reliability of this airplane.”

Chuck Nugent, General Electric’s GEnx program general manager said in a statement, “This is the culmination of extraordinary work by teams from GE and Boeing. GE Aviation is honored to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its new GEnx-1B engine, and we look forward to seeing the aircraft-engine combination flying the skies around the world.”

Despite arriving second to market, the GEnx-1B option has significantly outsold the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000. At last count, 24 customers had chosen GEnx engines accounting for 373 aircraft, compared to 19 customers and 211 aircraft for the Trent. An additional 17 customers have not yet publicly announced an engine selection.

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