B777captain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1006 times:
Yesterday I was at Heathrow and saw 2 South African Airways 747-400s, one had RB211 engines the other one
had CF6 engines,how can that be? If they're leased who are they leased from?Unfortunetly I didn't see there registration, I only know that the CF6's name is "The Great North", the RB211's is "North".The CF6 one departed London at 19:15.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 958 times:
Yes, CX747 is correct. The CF6 powered aircraft are ZS-SBK/SBS, both originally intended for PAL but, due to that airline's problems, never built. SAA's own -444 aircraft are still built with RB211s, the latest being delivered last November.
Interestingly, Air NZ took 2 GE powered 744s in late '94 and was so impressed with the engine (and no doubt GE's sales team!) that its next two "new build" 744s are GE powered, ZK-NBV and NBW are GE powered; NBW is due in October. The airline also took another (ex PAL!) 744 in November '98, now 'SUJ.
One might be tempted to say that the CF6 is the Rolls Royce of aeroplane engines!!