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For The Long Haul: $2 Billion Engine Deal Helps Bring First Nonstop Flights Between Vietnam And The U.S.

Tomas Kellner
September 22, 2021

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways 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.