Amer­ica’s Gen­eral Elec­tric to Equip Our Air­craft

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - FRONT PAGE - Dani­yar Salo­mov

GE Avi­a­tion is said to de­liver four GEnx-1B air­craft en­gines to Uzbek­istan Air­ways to out­fit new Boe­ing 787 Dream­lin­ers.

The par­ties signed a me­moran­dum to ex­pand the co­op­er­a­tion. In ad­di­tion, within the frame­work of the agree­ments reached, the na­tional air car­rier will pur­chase an­other spare en­gine GEnx1B from the Amer­i­can man­u­fac­turer. All de­liv­er­ies will be car­ried out in 2018.

“We are glad to ex­pand the strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion, aim­ing to pro­vide the Uzbek­istan Air­ways air­craft fleet with ad­vanced GE tech­nolo­gies. The choice of GEnx-1B en­gines for new Boe­ing 787 air­crafts proves their high re­li­a­bil­ity and ef­fi­ciency,» said Sheker Shahrur, Sales Vice Pres­i­dent at GE Avi­a­tion.

Within the frame­work of the me­moran­dum, the US com­pany awarded the TRUEngine rank to the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner air­crafts of the NAC Uzbek­istan Air­ways, which are equipped with GEnx en­gines. The TRUEngine cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sta­tus guar­an­tees the own­ers, oper­a­tors and po­ten­tial pur­chasers the con­for­mity of the en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion with the man­u­fac­turer's re­quire­ments, con­firms the his­tory of its main­te­nance and al­lows prompt as­sess­ment of the mar­ket value of the air­craft en­gine.

Ac­cord­ing to An­drei Mar­gachyov, Deputy Di­rec­tor for Oper­a­tion of Avi­a­tion Equip­ment at Uzbek­istan Air­ways Tech­nics, the co­op­er­a­tion with GE Avi­a­tion as the world's lead­ing provider of air­craft en­gines for civil air­crafts, has be­come an­other im­por­tant step for the na­tional air car­rier of Uzbek­istan in ex­pand­ing its in­ter­na­tional busi­ness re­la­tions.

“We feel pride that the Na­tional Air Com­pany is the first op­er­a­tor of the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner with high-per­for­mance GEnx-1B en­gines in Cen­tral Asia. In the fol­low up of our co­op­er­a­tion, we hope that the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and fu­el­ef­fi­cient GE avi­a­tion en­gines will al­low us tak­ing the max­i­mum ben­e­fits from their oper­a­tion,» Mar­gachyov added.

The par­ties have also agreed to start ne­go­ti­a­tions on main­te­nance and re­pair of GEnx-1B en­gines in­stalled on Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner air­crafts of the Uzbek air­line.

To date, over 1,600 GEnx-1B en­gines have been sold through­out the world. Un­like the CF6 en­gine, the GEnx en­gine pro­vides bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency, re­sult­ing in a 15% re­duc­tion in CO2 emis­sions. The in­no­va­tive com­bus­tion cham­ber TAPS en­sures 55% less ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions than the cur­rent stan­dards, and al­most 90% less other gases. With re­gard to the noise level ra­tio against the thrust, the en­gine is the qui­etest in the line of GE air­craft en­gines due to im­proved fan blades that ro­tate at a slower speed, thereby re­duc­ing noise by 40%.

NAC launched the com­mer­cial oper­a­tion of Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner since Septem­ber, 2016. Today, there are two crafts of this kind in its fleet. The com­pany con­cluded con­tracts with Boe­ing for an­other four Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner air­crafts, the de­liv­ery of which is ex­pected in 2019. Today, the ‘dream lin­ers’ suc­cess­fully fly to Dubai, Delhi, Am­rit­sar, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Frank­furt, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Sin­ga­pore. Since this sum­mer, the air car­rier has launched non-stop flights on the route Tashkent - New York - Tashkent.

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