Thursday, December 19, 2013

Freighter Aircraft First to Fit New Fuel Efficient Boeing Engine

Cathay Pacific Cargo Carrier Sets Standards as More Innovations Awaited
Shipping News Feature

US – A 747-8 freighter from Cathay Pacific's cargo fleet is the first aircraft to receive the performance improved GEnx-2B Boeing engines as part of the airplane's Performance Improvement Package (PIP). The engine is the first of the package's three improvements to enter service. The two other components, Flight Management Computer (FMC) software upgrades and reactivation of the horizontal tank fuel system on the 747-8 Intercontinental, are expected to enter service later this month and in early 2014, respectively.

The new engine upgrade improves the airplane's efficiency by 1.8%, a sizeable measure considering the fuel used on a long haul flight. All three of the new innovations can be fitted retrospectively with the tail fuel reactivation applicable only for the 747-8 Intercontinental whilst the FMC upgrades can also be made to 747-400s.

Bruce Dickinson, 747-8 Chief Project Engineer and Vice President, pointed out that the engine reconfiguration would equate to around thirty less semi-sized trucks of fuel per airplane per year for the average customer, whilst Eric Lindblad, Vice President and General Manager of the 747 programme, commented:

"This is a significant milestone for the 747 programme. These upgrades are part of our commitment to continually improve the 747-8 for our customers.”