Lufthansa has selected GE Aviation's new GE9X engines to power its 777-9X aircraft on order with Boeing
The German carrier made a $2.5 billion order for the GE9X to per 34 Boeing
777-9X aircraft. GE9X is planned for the 100,000 pounds thrust class with a 10 percent improvement in fuel burn over the current GE90-115B engine, according to GE Aviation.
The 777X is an upgraded version of the current Boeing 777 family, with a planned entry into service in 2020. The wide-body aircraft will be a competitor to the Airbus
A350 XWB, with Boeing claiming that it will have a 20 percent lower fuel consumption and 15 percent lower operating costs than today's 777.
Boeing is currently working closely with GE Aviation on development of the 777X, and now with Lufthansa secured as the aircraft's launch customer, the manufacturer is ready to officially launch the 777X program later this year.