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MH And Engine Choice For 747-400  
User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

Hello all,

I am puzzled by the fact that Kalitta Air's 744 are said to be former MH birds but yet are GE-powered. MH's current 744 fleet seems to be all P&W.

Did MH switch engine manufacturer at some stage? If yes, then why? Or did they order both GE and P&W engines at the same time?

Thank you for any help.  confused 

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3472 times:



Quoting WunalaYann (Thread starter):
Did MH switch engine manufacturer at some stage?

According to Boeing's orders and deliveries data on their website, MH took delivery of 19 747-400s. Only the first 2 had GE engines (one delivered in 1990 and one in 1991). Then they switched to P&W for their last 17 744s delivered between 1992 and 2002.


User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3460 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):

Thank you very much, my friend.

Would you have any reason for the switch? Are MH using the most powerful version of the P&W 4000 available on 744s?

Cheers.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3397 times:



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 2):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):


Thank you very much, my friend.

Would you have any reason for the switch? Are MH using the most powerful version of the P&W 4000 available on 744s?

Sorry, can't answer those questions. I also note that MH uses P&W engines on their A330s. I'm just guessing that they may have ordered those first 2 744s before the A330s and when they decided on P&W for those they may then have switched to P&W for future 744s for increased commonality and only having to deal with one parts supplier etc. Someone else may have more background.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

A little bit off topic maybe, but which engine is the most power full for the 744, and which carriers use that engine.


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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8276 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3376 times:
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MAS and Thai have ordered the same airplanes with engines from different manufacturers. THAI has A330 or A300 with both GE and P&W engines.

User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3370 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
A little bit off topic maybe, but which engine is the most power full for the 744, and which carriers use that engine.

PW>GE>RR

63,300>62,100>59,500


User currently offlineSpeedbird0125 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

GE- JL, NH, LH, TG, AF, KL, GA, NZ
PW- UA, NW, KE, SQ, MH, FJ, AI
RR- BA, QF, CX, SA

[Edited 2008-10-14 18:27:15]

User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

I thank you all for your great input, it is very useful.

I see that TG is quite adept at switching manufacturers midway through the delivery of an aircraft type. And considering they have virtually every single widebody on their fleet, that makes for a bit of a patchwork.  Smile

Quoting Speedbird0125 (Reply 7):

I assume your list is not exhaustive?  Smile


User currently offlineQF744ER From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

MH actually had 4 GE powered B744's.

The 2 combi's 9M-MHL and -MHM which are the Kalitta ones and -MHN and -MHO which are now flying with QF as VH-OEC and -OED.

The 2 Combi's sat in the desert for many years.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

Also note, original poster, that the ex-JAL 744s that Kalitta will be getting in the future will also be GE powered.

User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3302 times:



Quoting QF744ER (Reply 9):
The 2 combi's 9M-MHL and -MHM which are the Kalitta ones and -MHN and -MHO which are now flying with QF as VH-OEC and -OED.

And believe it or not, I flew on VH-OED. But for some reason I thought these two planes were former OZ... I'm getting old (and confused).

Thank you for the info, though.  Smile

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 10):
Also note, original poster, that the ex-JAL 744s that Kalitta will be getting in the future will also be GE powered.

Cheers. I used Kalitta as a reference because it jumped at me that they were ex-MH birds with GE engines.  Smile


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3250 times:



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 6):



Quoting Speedbird0125 (Reply 7):

Wow thank you guys for the fast response.



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User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

Two few things I've learned during my time in the jet engine business:

1. Engine selection has very little to do with engineering/technical matters. It really is a financial decision and an engine sale contract is very much a financial document.

2. Mixed engine fleets matter much less than I thought as airlines can easily and cost-effectively outsource all or part of their engine maintenance program to the OEM or third party operations.


User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3192 times:



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 6):
Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
A little bit off topic maybe, but which engine is the most power full for the 744, and which carriers use that engine.

PW>GE>RR

63,300>62,100>59,500

RR lists
-524G/H-T 1998 60,600 lb (270kN)
Boeing 747-400 Boeing 747-400F
http://www.rolls-royce.com/civil_aer...ts/airlines/rb211524/technical.jsp


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2954 times:



Quoting QF744ER (Reply 9):
MH actually had 4 GE powered B744's.

Two must have been leased or acquired from a source other than Boeing. They only took delivery of 2 GE 744s from Boeing (or their orders and delivery data is wrong).


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2954 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
Quoting QF744ER (Reply 9):
MH actually had 4 GE powered B744's.

Two must have been leased or acquired from a source other than Boeing. They only took delivery of 2 GE 744s from Boeing (or their orders and delivery data is wrong).

Just correcting above after checking the Boeing website again. They actually did take delivery of 4 GE-powered 744s from Boeing. Two were 744-400M combis and I was only looking at the all-passenger listing.


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