PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6887 posts, RR: 63 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
I enjoy trivia and playing with statistics so I will share with you all the fact that there are now 100 GE-powered A330s flying. Airbus msn 699 A330-302 first flew on 13th September and is B-18308 for China Airlines.
For the record, the 100th PW-powered A330 was msn 490 and first flew on 18th July 2002. It's HL7710, a Korean Air A330-323X. The 100th RR A330 was the very next plane off the line (!) msn 491, an A330-243 A6-EAM for Emirates.
So, both PW and RR reached the 100 mark at the very same time in the summer of 2002 whereas it has taken GE three years to get there...
So far 374 A330s have been built. Of these, 100 have GE, 123 have PW and 151 have RR.
CRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
I wonder which engine type is "the best" for the A333. The RR Trent 700 looks a bit small and weak but still manages to lift MYTs A333 with 410 pax + 15 crew and keep them above the clouds for hours on end...
The others look like they have more "muscles" - but do they really?
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6887 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
Quoting Cricket (Reply 3): Is GE going to catch up to the others now with so many KL orders to go and maybe even 9W might go GE?
The KL order isn't all that big (though there are still plenty of options). Both Air China and China Eastern, for example, have ordered many more - 20 each - and they've both chosen RR. But GE have been catching up - at least on PW. Getting Qatar and then QANTAS was important. They got China Airlines (with a bit of US arm-twisting on the Taiwanese). They've quite recently picked up Air Algerie and Turkish. So they're gaining on PW (who aren't getting ANY new business) but RR are selling well too. It seems to me that 9W could go either way and that TAP could too.
Plus or minus the odd small order or two I've missed, each company has a backlog on the A330 as follows.
GE 31 (KLM, RAAF, Turkish, Qatar, EVA, China Airlines)
PW 38 (Northwest, USAir, Air Caraibes)
RR 69 (China Eastern, Air China, Dragonair, Cathay, Lufthansa, Etihad)
China Southern (10), Kingfisher (5) and Jet Airways (12) have another 27 on order for which engines have not yet been chosen. But RR seems likely to get the China Southern order so that would take their backlog to 79. RR will also get the RAF tanker order - eventually! That's another 10 to 20.
In other words, RR has a reasonable lead on the other two and seem likely not only to keep it but to stretch it.