PARIS -- Aircraft lessor GE Capital Aviation services is set to announce an order for Boeing 747-8 aircraft at the Paris air show Tuesday, several industry sources confirm.
The order from GECAS is believed to be for two freighter aircraft, growing the backlog to 78 of the cargo variant.
GECAS becomes the second leasing customer for the 747-8, joining troubled Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, which has been challenged by the Dubai debt crisis. It is not known if the aircraft with an operator yet.
GE is the sole engine supplier for the 747-8, with four GEnx-2B67 powering the updated jumbo.
Boeing announced orders for 17 747-8I aircraft during day one, split between two customers.