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Engine Alliance Studying Powerplant For A350XWB  
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Farnborough: Engine Alliance studying rival GP7000 to Rolls-Royce's Trent planned powerplant for Airbus A350 XWB

Engine Alliance believes its GP7000 engine is largely compatible with the requirements of the two smaller variants of the revamped Airbus A350 XWB, but further evaluation is needed to meet the requirements of the larger variant, the A350-1000.


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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Steve Finger's key quote in that report - "Our focus is to leverage the investment we've already made," while declining to comment whether Engine Alliance was approached by Airbus regarding developing engines for the revamped A350 family, and Leahy's' statement that the A350XWB "is going to have another engine" and that they "are in discussions with different manufacturers and engine alliances" kind of put pressure on Airbus to lobby hard the EU authorities to relax its stance on the GP7000 being restricted to just quads.

A GP7000 technical team is to meet with Airbus to "understand its requirements" and in more pointed remarks, P&W LCE president Steve Heath said that "I see no reason why we couldn't take the technology of our partner GE and combine that with our low-pressure spool and end up with an extremely competitive product..." adding "We've dumped around $1 billion into the GP7000 and GE has put as much again into the GEnx. At some point, common sense has to prevail."

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

I wonder whether this means we'll see the improved engines for the A350 make their way back onto the A380, giving an A380E to use Airbus' nomenclature?

If Engine Alliance do go ahead with it, then it is good news for those of us lamenting P&W's departure from the large jet market. It would certainly give them a bit more capability to be able to develop their own engine in this market when the time for the next generation rolls along.


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User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10919 posts, RR: 97
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2656 times:
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Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 2):
I wonder whether this means we'll see the improved engines for the A350 make their way back onto the A380, giving an A380E to use Airbus' nomenclature?

"And an A380R, and an A380-900"  biggrin .

Seriously though, I think this approach makes a lot of sense for both P+W and GE. It's certainly worthy of consideration. No doubt the engine manufacturers are ALSO talking to the airlines, as well as the airframer.

This is going to be a fascinating story to watch in the next few years.

Don't you just love competition?  cloudnine 


User currently offlineUA933 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

What are the ods of P&W powering all three of them?
Would be great for UA  Wink

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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

With Pratt keen and GE possibly less keen this could be interesting...GE seemingly want to power the 800 and 900 themselves, surely it wouldn't make sense the develop the GP7000 for just the top A350s?

I've always found it slightly confusing how the GP7000 fits in with the PW4000, lower GE90s and upper GEnxs...

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