Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways said on Wednesday it would purchase GE Aviation’s GEnx jet engines for 10 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets. The deal, valued at $2 billion at list price, also includes an option to power an additional 20 jets. The jets will fly nonstop routes between Vietnam and the U.S. “As of now, Boeing 787-9 is one of the few modern wide-body aircraft that optimally fulfill the requirements of long-distance international routes such as the 13-hour nonstop flights between Vietnam and the U.S.,” Bamboo Airways said in a news release.
In May 2020, a Boeing 787-9 powered by GEnx engines set a world record for the longest nonstop flight with paying passengers when it flew from Tahiti to Paris. The plane covered a 9,765-air-mile distance in 15 hours, 45 minutes. The Australian carrier Qantas has flown a GE-powered Dreamliner even further, in a series of experimental flights designed to test the effects on travelers of ultra-long-haul aviation. Made in part with advanced composite components, GEnx engines offer up to a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and 15% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than their GE predecessor, the CF6. More than 2,000 of the engines are in service today for 60 GE customers.