Riyadh Air has signed a deal for 90 GEnx-1B engines to power its new fleet of 39 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The order also includes spare engines and a TrueChoice services agreement.

Commenting on the purchase order, Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of Riyadh Air said: “The agreement highlights our determination to significantly extend Saudi Arabia’s connectivity with the world and fulfil our goal of connecting to 100 destinations by 2030. We look forward to fostering strong strategic relationships within the wider aviation ecosystem as we continue to shape our new digitally native airline to become one of the most sustainable and guest-centric carriers in the world.”

Russell Stokes, President & CEO, Commercial Engines and Services for GE Aerospace added: “We are proud to partner with Riyadh Air to support its new fleet and fulfill its vision for long international routes. GE Aerospace’s GEnx engine is a perfect fit for the 787 fleet with its combination of power and the ability to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.”

The GEnx engine also provides a 1.4% fuel burn savings for the typical 787 mission compared to its competition, equating to $300,000 per airplane per year in fuel savings that enables more than 2 million fewer pounds of CO2 per aircraft annually, GE claims.