GE won its first order for the GEnx engine powering the Boeing 787; U.K. leisure carrier First Choice Airways signed a memorandum of understanding for six planes, with options for six more. Deliveries should begin in 2009. GE is conducting validation this year on the composite front fan case and fan case blades, plus an advanced combustor. Rival Rolls-Royce has nabbed Trent 1000 orders from ANA, Air New Zealand.

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