36 GEnx-1B engines confirmed for Air Canada 787-10 fleet

An Air Canada Boeing 787-10 in flight.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

GE Aerospace [NYSE:GE] has confirmed a major order from Air Canada for 36 GEnx-1B engines, along with four spares.

This acquisition is set to power Air Canada’s new fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft, with the option for an additional 24 GEnx-1B engines.

A History with GEnx

Air Canada, the Canadian national flag carrier, initially introduced the Dreamliner to its fleet in 2014. The airline currently operates 38 Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners, all of which are powered by GE’s GEnx engines.

The choice to continue this partnership with GE Aerospace demonstrates the airline’s satisfaction with the performance and reliability of the GEnx engines.

Photo: GE Aviation

Kathy MacKenzie, Vice President of GE Commercial Programs for GE Aerospace, spoke of Air Canada’s continued faith in their GEnx engines.


She stated, “GE Aerospace is honored that Air Canada continues to put its trust in our GEnx engine, and we look forward to working together to introduce the engines into Air Canada’s fleet.”

The relationship between Air Canada and GE Aerospace extends back for years, further solidifying the trust and confidence that the airline has in GE’s engines.

Efficiency is Key

One of the key features of the GEnx-1B engine is its remarkable efficiency. The GEnx engine family, introduced in 2011, has collectively accumulated more than 50 million flight hours, making it the fastest-selling, high-thrust engine in GE’s history.

With nearly 3,000 engines in service and on backlog, including spares, the GEnx-1B is a dominant force in aviation technology.

The GEnx-1B powers two out of every three Boeing 787 aircraft in service, highlighting its popularity and reliability.

This engine stands out by providing a remarkable 1.4% fuel burn savings for the typical 787 mission compared to its competition.

This equates to approximately $300,000 in fuel savings per airplane per year, making it not only efficient but also economically advantageous. Furthermore, the substantial fuel savings translate to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

With more than 2 million fewer pounds of CO2 emitted per aircraft annually, Air Canada’s decision to utilize the GEnx-1B engines underscores its commitment to environmental sustainability.

SAF Compatibility

In line with the aviation industry’s growing emphasis on sustainability, the GEnx engine family, including the GEnx-1B, is designed to operate on approved Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blends.

This feature aligns with the industry’s broader goal of reducing the environmental impact of air travel, and Air Canada’s adoption of these engines demonstrates their commitment to eco-friendly practices.

A Technological Marvel

The GEnx engine family represents a remarkable advancement in propulsion technology. These engines incorporate lightweight durable materials and employ advanced design processes to reduce weight, improve performance, and lower maintenance requirements.

This makes the GEnx engines the ideal choice for long-haul flights, ensuring that passengers and airlines benefit from both efficiency and reliability.

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