PARIS- Following its recent wide-body order for 39 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, Riyadh Air has finalized a deal for 90 GEnx-1B engines to propel its upcoming fleet. This comprehensive agreement also includes spare engines and a TrueChoice services package.
The signing ceremony took place at the Riyadh Air chalet during the Paris Air Show, where the airline introduced its new livery to the world with a captivating flyby over the iconic city skyline of Riyadh.
Riyadh Air GEnx Engines
Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air, expressed the airline’s commitment to enhancing Saudi Arabia’s global connectivity. Further aiming to connect to 100 destinations by 2030.
Douglas stated, “We look forward to fostering strong strategic relationships within the wider aviation ecosystem as we continue to shape our new digitally native airline to become one of the world’s most sustainable and guest-centric carriers.”
Russell Stokes, President & CEO of Commercial Engines and Services for GE Aerospace. Further emphasized the partnership’s significance in realizing Riyadh Air’s vision for long international routes.
Stokes highlighted the GEnx engine’s capability to deliver both power and fuel efficiency. Further contributing to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Riyadh Air, unveiled in March, is now collaborating with GE Aerospace to power its fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for the first time.
Initial deliveries are scheduled for early 2025 as Riyadh Air strives to operate one of the newest and most environmentally friendly airline fleets worldwide.
The GEnx engine family boasts an impressive record of nearly 50 million flight hours since its introduction in 2011. It stands as the fastest-selling, high-thrust engine in GE’s history. With nearly 3,000 engines in service and on backlog, including spare units.
Powering two out of every three 787 aircraft in service, the GEnx-1B offers a fuel burn savings of 1.4% for typical 787 missions compared to its competitors.
Subsequently, resulting in annual fuel savings of $300,000 per airplane. Moreover, this translates to over 2 million fewer pounds of CO2 emissions per aircraft annually.
The GEnx engine showcases significant advancements in propulsion technology. It incorporates lightweight, durable materials and advanced design processes to reduce weight.
Further, enhance performance, and minimize maintenance requirements. Subsequently, making it the optimal engine choice for long-haul flights.
Future Takes Flight
It has a commitment to fly to over 100 destinations and welcome 100 million visitors by 2030. Further, Riyadh Air aims to establish Riyadh City as a global travel hub. Subsequently, promoting business and leisure visits to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The airline strives to provide exceptional guest experiences and introduce cutting-edge technologies that raise industry standards.
The brand identity blends the Kingdom’s heritage with modern and forward-thinking elements. Further encapsulated by the tagline “The Future Takes Flight.”
GEnx’s revenue-sharing participants include IHI Corporation of Japan, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems of the UK, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero (Safran) of Belgium, Safran Aircraft Engines of France, and Samsung Techwin of Korea.
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