Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 974 times:
Where was it ever said that SQ does not like GEs?
It is not that the airline had not operated GEs . . . the DC-10-30s and the A300B4s were powered by GE engines.
They probably just wanted to avoid a situation where they have engines from every single engine manufacturer and end up carrying a lot of spares. That would be a very costly exercise, one that would negate any performance advantage that GE engines may have over P&W or RR.
Prior to their committment to the RR engines for the B777s, you could say that "SQ does not like RR".
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16436 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 949 times:
Engine choices can be based on numerous things: price, fleet compatibility, manufacturer satisfaction, etc.
SIA's 742's and 743's were all PW....so when they added the 744, they stayed with PW. Makes sense. Their A310's also PW. So really this is more of a long standing preference for PW (and now RR) than dislike of GE. Had their A300B4 & D10 fleet been larger, GE could have established more of a GE preference which could have helped favour a GE 777 or 744 order. It didn't happen.
Incidently, JAL has always been very pro-PW. They operate the PW 742, 743, DC-10-40, MD-11. However, when they added the 744 they switched to GE because they were not happy with PW support. So switches can happen. BA started with GE 777's and now only order RR 777's....hence a mixed fleet.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 940 times:
They think that the GE90's look too big on triple 7's . Therefore it is just a aesthetics issue. It also created confusion in passengers' minds that SQ Jubilee's were electric-powered. Finally having an RR in your garage sounds appealing, doesn't it ?
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