China Airlines has made an order for 17 GEnx-1B engines and spares from General Electric (GE) Aerospace to power its growing fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial jets.

The order also includes a comprehensive services agreement.

China Airlines, a leading Taiwan-based carrier, has been a GE Aerospace customer since 1999 when it first purchased 13 GE CF6-80C2-powered Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

The Airline currently operates a fleet of 87 aircraft, including 66 Passenger Jets and 21 Freighters.

The new order of 17 GEnx-1B engines comes amid an aggressive fleet revitalisation effort by the airline aimed at “improving operational efficiency and traveller experience”.

“We are so grateful that China Airlines has selected the GEnx-1B engine for its expanding 787 Dreamliner fleet. This agreement fully demonstrates the airline’s trust in our products and services,” said Kathy MacKenzie, GE Commercial Programmes VP.

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According to China Airlines: “the GEnx-1B engine plays an important part in our operations. This agreement for engines and services enables us to ensure we are meeting the best performance and reliability standards to serve our customers.”

The GEnx engine family has nearly 50 million flight hours since entry into service in 2011 and is the fastest-selling high-thrust engine in GE history according to the company, with nearly 3,000 engines in service and on backlog, including spares.

In November 2021, Irish aircraft leasing company AerCap Holdings concluded the acquisition of General Electric’s GE Capital Aviation Services for around $24bn in total.