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Company Watch - General Electric.

Mar 5, 2007

Boeing announced the conclusion of its deal with TAM for four 777-300ERs plus four purchase rights. The carrier already has taken delivery this month of two of three leased Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD-11s that it will use on transatlantic operations until the General Electric GE90-115B-powered -300ERs arrive next year. Feb 27, 2007

General Electric conducted the first test of the GEnx-1B on its 747 flying testbed last week in California. The aircraft flew for 3 hr. and climbed to more than 43,000 ft. in order to establish a performance baseline for future testing. "The engine performed extremely well. . .Today's flight puts us another step closer to certification later this year. . .for the Boeing 787," GEnx GM Tom Brisken said. The 747 testbed was modified last month to manage the electrical load from the engine's two starter-generators and to provide power required for both electrical ground and air starts. Approximately three flights per week are scheduled over the next three months. Certification is slated for September. Feb 27, 2007

Qantas Group selected the General Electric GEnx to power its fleet of up to 115 787s. CFO Peter Gregg called the choice "a difficult one following an exhaustive eight-month evaluation process." The initial order is for engines for 45 firm aircraft and was valued by Qantas at A$2 billion in "capital and maintenance costs over the life of the engines." It gives the GEnx a significant edge on 787 customers, with orders for 216 aircraft compared to 125 for the Trent 1000. Feb 28, 2007 03/05/2007

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