PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64 Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
Kingfisher (IT) have been ridiculed (somewhat) for buying 5 x A330-200, 5 x A350-800, 5 x A340-500 and 5 x A380-800. I'm not sure the sniggering is deserved but they appear to be adopting a similar eccentric policy regarding engines.
Their A350s will have GE (assuming the order for the previous version of A350-800 is converted to the new one and assuming that GE continue to offer the GEnx on it).
Their A340s only come with RR.
And now they've selected PW for their A330s.
So, without further orders, they'll have 5 widebodies with PW, 5 with GE and 5 with RR. I'm sure they know what they're doing but it does seem an unnecessary and avoidable extra cost.
So, we should assume they'll choose the EA GP7200 for their A380s to complete the set?
Aviator27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
Keeping the same manufacturer across different engines doesn't really have any benefit. There is no commonality between engines from same manufacturer for A330, A350, and A380. There are just no interchangeable parts. So why not take the best deal you can get?
The first three leased GoAir aircraft have V2500's but the 30 new planes they're buying will be CFM56 powered. However, the point has to be made that India is such a huge market that most engine manufacturers are looking up at setting maint and overhaul stations here - GE is already talking about one in DEL thanks to the AI order and this will also benefit all CFM56 operators and 9W thanks to the 777-300ER and A330 orders. Kingfisher opting for Pratt's on the A330 is surprising because it seems that PW engines had almost gone out of style on that aircraft, great for Pratt since they've not been in the best of form after the AI 744 order. Even RR needs to work a bit on the Indian market.
Calvin99 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2001, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1636 times:
Quoting Cricket (Reply 8): Even RR needs to work a bit on the Indian market.
RR is certainly lacking within India market and they are trying hard to penetrate into the market. Recently, RR did a study on India's market to study a possibility of a new engine overhaul base (currently in Asia Pacific, they have one in Hong Kong, HAESL, and one in Singapore, SAESL). They study concluded there is no prospoect in short to medium term to open up new overhaul bases as they simply do not have enough RR engines operating there.
IMHO, Kingfisher A340-500's engine will be overhauled at either HKG or SIN.