AIRBERLIN SELECTS GENX ENGINES FOR ITS BOEING 787 DREAMLINERS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by GE Aviation and received via electronic mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
airberlin Selects GEnx Engines to Power its Boeing 787
Dreamliners 
FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW - July 10, 2012 -- Germany’s second largest
airline airberlin has selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its
fleet of 15 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for which orders are
confirmed. The airline has also signed a 12-year OnPointSM solution agreement to cover the maintenance,
repair and overhaul of its GEnx engines. The GEnx-1B engines
selection and OnPoint solution agreement are valued at more than
$1.2 billion over the life of the contract. 
“airberlin’s fleet strategy is geared towards cost-effectiveness
and efficient environmental performance. We have traditionally
been a force for innovation in these two areas and in 2011 we
achieved a new milestone. With an average fuel
consumption of 3.5 litres per 100 passenger kilometres flown,
airberlin is the most fuel-efficient network carrier in Europe.
We aim to reduce this record-breaking low level of fuel
consumption even further. By choosing the GEnx
engines for our Dreamliner fleet, we are not only reaffirming
our commitment to eco-efficient flying but we have also chosen
an economically attractive solution,” said Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO
airberlin. “Through closer collaboration with our strategic
partner, Etihad Airways, on the two airlines’ Boeing
Dreamliner Programme, we have the added advantage of working
successfully together as a team and collaborating more
efficiently on the introduction of a new type of aircraft,”
added Hartmut Mehdorn. 
“airberlin’s selection of the GEnx is based on our comprehensive
and thorough commercial and technical proposals, which provide
to airberlin the benefits of greater efficiency and low cost of
maintenance,” said Muhammad Al-Lamadani,
Senior Executive for European Sales, GE Aviation. “The GEnx
engine is performing exceptionally well in the field, and our
customers are pleased with the engine’s improved fuel
efficiency, reduced emissions and lower noise.” 
The 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, powered by eco-efficient
GEnx engines, will gradually be integrated into airberlin’s
fleet from 2015. Back in March 2012, airberlin and its strategic
partner, Etihad Airways, announced that they
would link their Boeing 787 Dreamliner Programme in order to
exploit synergies. The economies of scale achieved through
collaboration in the areas of fleet strategy, fleet operation
and maintenance were calculated by the two airlines
at several million US dollars. The Dreamliner order for the two
airlines totals 56 confirmed aircraft, making it the largest
order for this type of aircraft. 
The GEnx-1B engine entered service in April with Japan Airlines
and has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and close to
900 cycles. More than 800 GEnx-1B engines have been sold to more
than 25 customers. 
The GEnx engine family is the fastest-selling engine in GE
Aviation history with more than 1,300 engines on order. Compared
to GE’s CF6 engine, the GEnx engine offers up to 15 percent
better fuel efficiency, which translates to 15
percent less CO2 and is about 30 percent quieter. The GEnx
engine’s NOx gases emissions are as much as 55 percent below
today’s regulatory limits, and as much as 90 percent below
today’s regulatory limits on the emission of other
regulated gases. 
Revenue-sharing participants on the GEnx are IHI Corporation of
Japan, Avio SpA. of Italy, Volvo Aero of Sweden, MTU of Germany,
TechSpace Aero of Belgium, Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France and
Samsung Techwin of Korea. 
The GEnx is part of GE’s “ecomagination” product portfolio -
GE’s business strategy to develop new, cost-effective
technologies that enhance customers’ environmental and operating
performance. 
OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to
the operational and financial needs of each customer for any
size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the
customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of
their assets. Backed by GE’s global support network, OnPoint
services may include overhaul, on wing support, new and used-serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine
leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and
integrated systems. 
About airberlin:
airberlin is Germany’s second largest airline. The company has a
workforce of 9,200 employees. Each year, airberlin receives over
10 awards for service and quality. The fleet comprises 165
aircraft with an average age of five years, making it one of the
most modern fleets in Europe. The airline’s state-of-the-art
jets are highly fuel efficient, which contributes toward a long-term reduction in pollution emissions from aircraft. As one of
the major European airlines, airberlin flies to 162 destinations
in 40 countries. In 2011, over 35
million passengers were transported. In December 2011, airberlin
entered into a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways. Since
20th March 2012, airberlin has been a full member of the global
airline alliance oneworld(r). airberlin
operates codeshare flights with oneworld members American
Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Royal Jordanian, S7
Airlines and Japan Airlines. 
About GE:
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and
integrated systems for commercial, military, business and
general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service
network to support these offerings. For more information, visit
us at www.ge.com/aviation<http://www.ge.com/aviation>. Follow GE
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at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. 
(SM)OnPoint is a service mark of General Electric Company. 
For more information please contact 
airberlin:
Alexandra Bakir
Senior Manager / Team Leader International Media Relations &
Operations
phone:  + 49 30 3434 1500
fax:    + 49 30 3434 1509
email: alexandra.bakir@airberlin.com 
GE:
Rick Kennedy
phone:  +1.513.243.3372
email:  rick.l.kennedy@ge.com<mailto:rick.l.kennedy@ge.com>
Mobile: +1.513.607.0609 
Deb Case
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email:  deborah.case@ge.com<mailto:deborah.case@ge.com>
Mobile: +1.513.418.1644 
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