General Electric has delivered the 1,000th GE90-115B engine to Boeing for the 777 assembly line. The engine was first publicly revealed as the GE90-11XB in May 1999, before being announced in July that year as the exclusive powerplant for the longer range 777-200LR and -300ER variants after a pitched battle with Rolls-Royce with its Trent 8115 and Pratt & Whitney’s PW STF. Since the first 777-300ER entered service in 2004 more than 1,500 GE90-115B engines have been ordered for the extended range family which also includes the 777 Freighter. GE logged orders and commitments for 400 GE90-115Bs in 2011, exceeding the previous record year of 2007 when 250 orders were taken. Click here for an interesting graphic showing the sites across the US where GE makes parts for the engine.
On the road - the 1,000th GE90-115B heads for Everett. (GE)