MTU to design 777X GE9X turbine centre frame

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MTU will take a 4% workshare in General Electric’s GE9X programme for the Boeing 777X, designing and assembling the engine’s turbine centre frame.

The German engine sub-assembly specialist estimates the value of the agreement at €4 billion ($5.4 billion).

“Our stake in the GE9X program gives us a significant market share in one of the most important next-generation engines in the upper thrust category,” says MTU chief executive Reiner Winkler.

Michael Schreyogg, MTU’s chief programme officer, adds: “The turbine centre frame is a highly engineered engine component, and our company has many years of experience here.”

The GE9X engine on the 777X will deliver more than 100,000 pounds of thrust, marking a 50% increase on the GEnx-2B engine. The 777X is expected to enter service around 2020.

Schreyogg had indicated in February that the German company was close to securing a 777X contract with GE.