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Boeing 787 Dreamliner sets new record

The Boeing 787 Dreamline has set a new record for speed around the world eastbound with a total trip time of 42 hours, 27 minutes, the first for this weight class.

The first leg broke the distance record for the 787’s 440,000-550,000lb weight class covering 10,710nm (19,835km). Upon completion of the second 9,734nm (18,027km) leg it established the eastbound weight class record. Thirteen people, including six pilots and one National Aeronautic Association (NAA) observer, were on board for the fuel laden flight, which made a two-hour fuel stop in Dhaka.

General Electric suppled the GEnx-1B engine for the flight. “GE Aviation is thrilled to be a part of the record-setting flights on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” said Bill Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager, GEnx Program at GE Aviation. “These world records showcase the extreme reliability and durability of the GEnx-1B engines and the advanced technologies that are incorporated.”