:GE), which bases its Transportation division in Evendale, said Qatar Airways placed a $1.6 billion order for its new GEnx engines. The order is the largest single purchase for the GEnx engine, which is still under development.
The GEnx engines will power 60 Airbus A350 aircraft, which will be delivered in 2010. The aircraft order is part of Qatar Airways' plan to expand its route structure, according to a news release. The airline already serves 65 destinations throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
also announced a $750 million engine order from AirAsia. The low-fare airline picked the CFM56-5B engine to power its order of Airbus A320 aircraft; AirAsia placed 60 firm orders, with options for 40 more aircraft. The engines to power the fleet are produced by CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture between GE
and Snecma Moteurs of France.
The firm orders for AirAsia aircraft are expected to be delivered in December, according to a news release.