LONDON – German carrier Lufthansa Cargo chooses the General Electric GE9X and the GE90 engines to power their new cargo fleet. The airline said at the 2022 Farnborough Air Show that the airline will order 18 GE9X and GE90 engines to propel its new long-haul ultra-efficient Boeing 777 freight aircraft.
The German carrier announced that it will acquire Boeing 777-8 Freighters that will accelerate the replacement of the already phased out of MD-11 freighters and some 777F freighters. The airline will order 14 GE9X engines and 4 GE90 engines.
Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo stated with excitement: “We continue investing in more fuel-efficient, quieter and more economical aircraft and engines that emit significantly less CO2. This purchase of GE engines enables us to drive our fleet modernization with premium products that enable increased operating efficiencies, as well as lower our fuel burn and reduce carbon emissions.”
Lufthansa made a good and viable engine of choice. Engines made and developed by General Electrics are one of the most reliable engines ever produced and are used by airlines and operators worldwide. The GE9X nevertheless, is one of the most high-tech and powerful aircraft engines ever produced in the history of commercial aviation.
The GE9X is also a very quiet powertrain when measured in pounds of thrust per decibel. The GE9X will shave off up to 10% of general fuel consumption improvements when compared to its predecessors like the GE-90115B.
The GE9X and also the GE90 like any other General Electric commercial aircraft engine are some of the industry’s most reliable powerplants. The engine is also compatible with operating on any approved sustainable aviation fuel.
Russell Stokes, President and CEO, Commercial Engines and Services for GE. “GE has a great history and proven track record of powering freighter-dedicated aircraft. We are proud to continue building our relationship with Lufthansa as they continue to modernize their fleet for cargo operations.”
Lufthansa Cargo is one of Europe’s leading cargo airlines. It operates a fleet majorly of Boeing 777F fleets. Lufthansa Cargo Fleet has 12 aircraft, 11 of which are the current model of the 777F fleet and a sole converted passenger to freighter A321F. The airline flies to 57 destinations across the globe spanning 5 continents.
Previously, the airline was one of the largest MD-11 freighters, operators its retirement in 2021. The tri-jet was a workhorse for the airline for 3 decades, and this deal with Boeing will mark the beginning of a modern era with Lufthansa Cargo.
The GE9X engine program is backed up by many multinationals. These firms include IHI Corporation, Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Aero Boosters and MTU Aero Engines AG. This order is great news for General Electric as they further gain a closer relationship with the European carrier.