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VICTORVILLE, CA: July 09, 2018. GE Aviation called on Volga-Dnepr recently to return its GE9X aircraft turbofan to Peebles, Ohio from test flying on the engine manufacturer’s B747 in California.

B777X 8The airline had transported the engine from Columbus to Victorville last November in preparation for its first test flight on March 13, 2018.

Designed for the B777X and with 100,000 lbs. of thrust, the engine has a similar diameter to the B737 - making it the largest aircraft engine in the world.

The roundtrip was the culmination of two years of planning and development by GE and Volga-Dnepr that included a life-size engine mock-up loaded onboard an An-124-100 in Florida to certify the dimensions and loading ability of the aircraft's ramp system.

GE says it has orders for nearly 700 GE9X engines to power two versions of the B777X from All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. First deliveries are set for 2020 according to Boeing.

The manufacturer says the B777-8 has a book price of US$360.5 million and can carry 350-375 passengers plus cargo 8,700 nautical miles, while the B777-9 is priced at US$388.7 million and will carry 400-425 passengers 7,600 nautical miles.

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