Boeing 787's GEnx secures FAA certification

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The General Electric GEnx-1B engine that will power the Boeing 787 has received US Federal Aviation Administration certification.

The engine's two-year test programme "involved eight engines and two flight-test programmes on GE's 747 flying testbed", says GE, adding: "During its development and certification programme, GEnx ran 4,800 cycles and more than 3,600h."

Flight-testing of the engine began in February last year on the 747 FTB. Qantas is due to be the first customer to take delivery of a GEnx-powered 787, next year.