WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2179 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 2): Didn't GE propose the CF6-32 (stripped down version of the CF6-6) engine for the 757?
GE offered the CF6-32, but it was only chosen by Transbrasil and Aloha Airlines. GE hoped to sell the -32 to DL and AA; the -32 would have had some commonality with the CF6-50s chosen by both airlines to power their 767-200s. However, both DL and AA chose the PW2037 instead of the CF6-32.
After losing the DL and AA orders, GE cancelled development of the CF6-32.
Of course, Transbrasil and Aloha cancelled their 757 orders before delivery. AA also cancelled their original 757 order, and when AA ultimately purchased the 757 in the late 1980s, they chose RB211s in lieu of the PW 2037s AA had chosen when they first ordered the 757 in 1981.
I've seen artists conceptions of the 757 in AQ's late 1970s "flower power" scheme - it sure would have been a nice looking airplane!