Quote: Pratt & Whitney's rivals have been content to mostly watch from the sidelines during the past year as the geared turbofan concept garnered headlines and its first two customers.
But the General Electric/Snecma joint venture, CFM International, is poised to break a year-long silence on its two-pronged response to the emerging need for a next-generation engine to serve the narrowbody market.
Duelling press conferences hosted by P&W and CFM at the Farnborough air show this month will set the stage for a decade-long debate within the industry about the future of narrowbody propulsion.
The fuel prices and the demand from airlines is finally paying dividends. Rat race begins....
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13265 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2756 times:
PW seems to have got a lead in this race. Good to see them coming back into the passenger jet engine field, because with the failure of the PW4000 to get slung underneath any of the newer generation of widebodies, I thought they might have given up on the civil market completely.
Maybe this was their strategy, to pull out of the larger acft market and focus on the smaller acft market, where presumably they see the most potential - and their GTF being the next decade's JT8D ...
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22175 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2714 times:
Quoting Aviationbuff (Thread starter): Duelling press conferences hosted by P&W and CFM at the Farnborough air show this month will set the stage for a decade-long debate within the industry about the future of narrowbody propulsion.
I doubt it's going to be a decade long, as if that were the case, PW has likely already won. Will GE, RR, etc. just let PW win like that? Hardly.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.