KEESJE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2159 times:
The A318, flew for the first time today with new PW6000A engines (PW6124A) from Pratt & Whitney. Certification of this aircraft engine combination should take place towards the end of 2005 after some 500 flight hours.
Will this engine give PW a comeback possibility in the Narrowbody segment?
ContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2087 times:
Probably not, since CFM has a lock on the 737 market and CFM and IAE (admittedly a RR/PW joint venture) have a lock on the A319/320/321 market. I don't see any compelling reason for an airline to specify a different engine on those birds. The A318 has a somewhat limited market. I wonder what other applications PW is planning for the PW6000 family? Maybe re-engining MD80s and such (that would be cool).
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
I think Pratt & Whitney may have found two niches for the PW6000 engine:
1. Bombardier's new larger regional airliner and possibly installation on the Embraer 190/195 down the road.
2. Engine upgrades for older planes, particularly the MD-80 series. I wouldn't be surprised that Pratt & Whitney has already discussed re-engining AA's huge MD-80 fleet with the PW6024, something that could extend the life of AA's fleet to 2020 and beyond.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12625 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
Unfortunately, I don't see that the eventual availability of this engine doing very much for A318 sales - which, in case anyone missed it, have actually decreased after GECAS converted some of it's orders to A319/20s instead.
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