Vietnam Airlines picks GEnx to power 787s

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Vietnam Airlines has picked General Electric GEnx-1B engines to power its incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

The deal for the 40 GEnx engines was inked on 28 October in Vietnam. The value of the transaction was not disclosed, but it is the largest contract General Electric has won from Vietnam, says the carrier in a statement.

The SkyTeam carrier adds that its 19 787-9s are scheduled to be delivered from 2015. These jets will replace the Boeing 777s in its fleet.

Vietnam Airlines initially had eight 787-8s on order, but converted them to the larger -9 variant last March.

The carrier says it plans to grow its fleet to 101 aircraft in 2015, and thereafter to 150 by 2020.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that Vietnam Airlines operates a fleet of 77 aircraft, comprising A320 family jets, A330s, 777s and ATR 72s. It also has a further 41 aircraft; 19 787-9s, 14 A350-900s and eight A321s; on order.