Boeing will work with GE to develop engines for its 777X, a future widebody planned to enter service near the end of the decade.
The planemaker has released few details about development of the next-generation widebody, though reports have speculated the program could include three variants, the largest of which would seat as many as 405 passengers. Boeing is said to be aiming at a market space between Airbus’ A350 and Boeing’s own 747-8.
In a statement, Boeing vice president and general manager for B777X Development, Bob Feldman, said GE was the best match to develop new engines for the aircraft.
“We are studying airplane improvements that will extend today’s B777 efficiencies and reliability for the next two decades or longer, and the engines are a significant part of that effort,” he said. “Our focus is on providing the most competitive offering to our customers in the large twin aisle market.”
Feldman said developers were focused on gaining input from 777 customers in order the gauge their future needs.
“We are pleased with were we are in the process,” he said. “We are aggressively moving forward on our plan and will continue to refine requirements with customers.”