TUI Travel confirms GEnx for remaining 787s

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TUI Travel has confirmed its intention to stay with General Electric GEnx engines for its Boeing 787s despite its decision late last year to reduce substantially its order for the aircraft.

First Choice Airways was the launch customer for the GEnx before the tour operator was folded into TUI Travel.

In late September 2009, TUI Travel reduced its order for 23 aircraft to just 13, although it added 13 purchase rights for the type.

Boeing's orders and deliveries record lists the 13 firm orders, signed in February 2005, September 2006 and February 2007. But it does not state an engine selection.

TUI Travel says, however, that it is still intending to equip the jets with GEnx engines.

"We are still with General Electric for the 13," says a TUI spokeswoman. The GEnx powerplant will also be the choice for any further 787s bought under the purchase rights agreement with the airframer, she adds.

TUI expects to start receiving its 787s in early 2012.