Yesterday I had some time to do a little reading in various fleetlists.
I have of course been aware of Air New Zealand changing from RR to GE engines on its 747-400s (exept the three original ordered ZK-NBS, -NBT & -NBU). Since the integration of ZK-SUH & ZK-SUI which was acquired second hand with GE engines, all new 747-400s for ANZ have been GE powered.
Qantas have three GE powered 747-400s in its fleet (VH-OEB, -OEC & OED) which also was acquired second hand from Malaysia Airlines (2) and Asiana.
According to the fleetlists Qantas have chosen GE to power the ordered 747-400LRs. Why is this?? Does RR not offer any RB211s for this LR-model or have Qantas simply chosen GE as a more economical engine? I know the ANZ at one time stated that the GE engines was more reliable and economical than the RRs! Has Qantas come to the same conclusion or .... ???
And yes - I know that Qantas A380s will be RR powered but as far as I understood their A330s will have GE-engines! A wind of change by the Kangaroos????