Boeing Delivers Two GEnx Powered 787's to JAL

First 787’s Delivered with General Electric GEnx Engines

Boeing delivered the first two 787-8 Dreamliners powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines to Japan Airlines (JAL) today.  JAL is the first to take delivery of a Boeing 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx Engines.

The 787 is a revolutionary aircraft by design with use of lighter composite materials combined with advanced systems, efficient engines, and the aircraft aerodynamics.  The Boeing 787 will first be used on the Boston route, which we’ll address further in an upcoming piece.

In light of the two aircraft delivery, Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “Today is an important moment in our 60-year relationship with Japan Airlines as we celebrate the deliveries of not one, but two Dreamliners.”  Albaugh continues, “The 787 will provide the fuel-efficient airplane needed to serve Japan Airlines’ growing international operations.”

Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines, said, “JAL will be the first airline to start new routes that have never been flown before by taking full advantage of the efficiencies of this aircraft, starting with Boston service next month and San Diego later this year.”  Ueki talking about the General Electric engine selection said, “The 787 with GEnx engines has the performance economics that JAL is looking for to ensure route profitability, and also the enhanced in-flight comfort that our customers will be delighted with.”

A ceremony including guests from Boeing, Japan Airlines, and General Electric, took place with two Japanese Taiko drummers after the unveiling of the aircraft earlier in the morning.

Chuck Nugent, Vice President and General Manager of the GEnx program at GE Aviation, said, “GE is proud that its GEnx-1B engines will power JAL’s Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.”  Nugent, speaking of the engines said, “The GEnx engine combines advanced technology and material to offer improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and less noise to benefit our operators.”

The 787 new build has many new technologies and with the cabin pressurized at a lower altitude, there will be more humidity, plus mood lighting to help avoid jetlag.


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