1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6258 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1751 times:
I do not mean to make this a poll, but a discussion.
It seems that some aircraft manufacturers have preferred engine manufacturers.
I would say that Boeing's preferred engine manufacturer is GE. They have made exclusive agreements with GE for the 777-200LR, 777-300ER, and 747-8. Originally Boeing wanted to only offer one engine choice for the 787, and GE was considered the most likely candidate.
For McDonnell Douglas, Pratt was definately their preferred engine manufacturer. For the MD-80 and MD-90, they chose P&W and IAE (which Pratt is a part of) over CFM.
Airbus is a tough call IMO.
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Mostly because there was no real alternative to PW on the DC-9/MD-80. But what about the DC-10 which was almost entirely GE or the MD-11 where GE gained 60% of the business?
It's actually quite hard to argue that Airbus, Boeing and McDD have traditionally had "preferred" engine suppliers. However, the developing Boeing/GE relationship may change that and that, in turn, may push Airbus and RR closer.
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6817 posts, RR: 65 Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 5): Boeing initially intended the 757 to be available with GE engines (the CF6-32), but was canned due to lack of interest from airlines.
Indeed. In fact, I believe that GE was initially Boeing's preferred option on the 757. They did actually gain an order. One of the Hawaiian airlines? Alas, it went the same way as the Trent 600 on the MD-11.
NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1592 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 1): Boeing's "preferrence" for GE is entirely because GE demanded exclusivity and was willing to pay for it on those three models.
That's not entirely true. Boeing is the one who demanded a sole-source engine for the 747-8. The market for the airplane isn't expected to be large enough to warrant the additional development costs for two engine types.