Feeble attempt, or lack of fundamental comprehension? I'm inclined to say the latter...
Indeed you are. You can say whatever you like. I don't expect to cure you of your GE
fetish, and I certainly won't try. It would be nice to introduce you to TEDSKI and see what happens. I will, however, try to help you out of your little fantasy world in which you seem to think GE
can do no wrong and RR
engines are mere hairdryers compared to the Most Wonderful and Perfect GE90.
So pray tell... why then would you say that the heavier, more expensive engine has outsold the lighter, cheaper engine (which also features a faster throttle response) to all but two carriers... one being the "hometown" player?
Derivative sales such as the -94B and 895 are generally made to customers that have already staked out their position, BA
being the only two exceptions I can think of. It stands to reason that if DL
, for example, decided to order 777s with higher rated engines than the Trent 892s, it is not likely that they would order the GE90-94B unless the Rolls-Royce was so unsatisfactory that Delta felt the additional cost of operating a mixed fleet was justified. We've seen examples of this happening with Delta virtually abandoning Pratt & Whitney as an engine supplier after less than satisfactory experiences with the PW2000 on the 757 and PW4000 on the MD
-11/767, and JL
making the decision to switch to the GE90 for their 777ERs from PW
on their 777As.
Dismissing the BA
decision as simply the "hometown player" effect is the height of ignorance. I think the BA
decision was a combination of disgust with development and initial service problems with the GE90, GE
's unwillingness at the time to develop a 94,000 pound engine, local politics (the initial decision to order GE90s added insult to the injury of choosing the B777 over the A340), and the fact that they had some RR
orders on the books anyway for RB
.211s for 744s that they had to do something with when they converted those 744 orders to additional 777 orders.
As to the GE90 overtaking the Trent last year, I am aware of that and I think you might be even more naïve than I originally suspected if you see that as some great technical accomplishment for GE
or some huge surprise that nobody in the industry expected. With GE
having paid Boeing for the exclusivity deal on the 772LR/773ER, don't you think it's reasonable for any ordinary person, even you, to assume that at some point, based on the demand Boeing says they predict for this airplane, the GE90 would outsell both the PW
and the RR
by some considerable margin?
There's no question that there is a perceived (that's right, perceived
) advantage to having GE90s on your first generation 777s if you're going to order second generation airplanes. This will no doubt influence--or perhaps I should say it has already influenced--Air India's decision on this matter. However, I understand that several Trent operators have privately conceded that their feeling about the GE90 being all you can get on the second generation 777 is that it's not the end of the world, and they can justify operating a mixed fleet, given the right circumstances and numbers.
Oh, you're right... just huge amounts in maintenance costs and delay in achievement of optimum ETOPS certification. No biggie
Once again, let me point you back to the GE90, which is in a class by itself when it comes to development and service problems. The Trent had a service problem and you're dismissing the whole program as "lackluster" and coming up with all manner of other ridiculous, mostly unfounded criticisms. Just remember to look at things in their proper perspective. GE
seriously considered pulling the plug on the GE90 program several times throughout its life. Thanks to some good foresight and vision on the part of GEAE's leadership, as well as good engineering, they were able to right the ship, as it were, and turn the GE90 into the groundbreaking engine it was intended to be, even if it is somewhat of an overkill in its lesser incarnations.
My advice to you is to just not say anything. It's already clear that you haven't the faintest idea what the hell you're talking about. Let's just leave it at that.
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