General Electric recently has won four of five engine competitions in China to provide powerplants for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The 84 GEnx engines for the Chinese airlines are valued at more than $1 billion and will be maintained under GE OnPoint Solutions agreements.
In total, Chinese airlines have ordered 57 Dreamliners. The four airlines that selected the GEnx powerplant for its 42 Boeing 787s include China Eastern Airlines (15 aircraft), Hainan Airlines (8), Shanghai Airlines (9) and China Southern (10). Aircraft deliveries should begin in 2008.
Air China bucked the trend and selected Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 for its 15 Dreamliners, the first of which it should receive in June 2008. Air China subscribed to Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare maintenance agreement.
This means all of Chinese 787 engines are covered under OEM maintenance service programs.