GE announces $2.5B engine order from Lufthansa for air giant's 777-9X aircraft

Company says order will help Tri-State workers

EVENDALE, Ohio -- A big new order from air giant Lufthansa is providing a big boost to General Electric and the Tri-State.

GE Aviation said Thursday that Lufthansa has selected the GE9X engine for its Boeing 777-9X aircraft.

Officials said the purchase order for the engines for the 34 aircraft is valued at more than $2.5 billion.

GE said it’s the first selection for the new GE9X, which is part of the GE90 engine family.

GE spokeswoman Deb Case spoke with WCPO’s Kendall Herold early Thursday and said the GE9X is still in development.

Case said Tri-State engineers are working on the new engine currently. She said the order will help sustain employment in the Tri-State and is a boost of confidence for a brand new product.

"Lufthansa is known for its technical expertise, and this decision shows the confidence that the airline has in the GE9X engine and 777X aircraft combination," said David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, in a release. "GE Aviation is working closely with Boeing on the 777X, and we look forward to designing one of the best wide body aircraft offerings for our customers."

GE said the new engine is in the 100,000 pounds of thrust class and features a 10 percent improvement in fuel burn over the current GE90-115B.

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