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Kenya Airways orders Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Posted by Administrator on April 3, 2012

Kenya Airways selected GE Aviation’s GEnx engines to power nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners with an option for four additional aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at $380 million at list price, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Kenya Airways is the fastest growing airline in Africa and is pursuing a network expansion strategy to link all African countries with the rest of the world, it said.

The first GE-powered Boeing 787s were delivered last week to Japan Airlines. To date, about 1,300 GEnx engines are on order from customers around the world. A version of the engine also powers Boeing’s new 747-8 airliner. It’s the best-selling engine on the 787, and the GEnx engine family is the fastest selling engine in GE’s history, the company said.

Tubes, ducts, manifolds for GE’s engine are manufactured in Dayton at a factory with 200 workers, and GE Aviation has more than 1,200 employees in the Dayton region.

GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric, is a leading provider of jet and turboprop engines integrated aviation systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.

Locally, GE Aviation is building a 115,000-square-foot research and development center on the University of Dayton   campus.

Boeing also has a significant an impact in the Dayton region, where it has 23 different suppliers based on its 2010 annual report. The aerospace giant has roughly 500 suppliers in Ohio and spent more than $4.7 billion in purchases from Ohio companies in 2010, supporting an estimated 150,000 jobs in the state. Boeing, which has an office in Dayton, has 600 employees in Ohio and more than 6,600 retirees.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2012/04/kenya-airways-orders-boeing-787.html

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