Please excuse my ignorance but why will Boeing not option P&Ws on the 7E7?
Boeing is only allowing two engine manufactures on the 7E7. According to Boeing, Pratt had an excellent engine, but they were not willing to raise the finances to become a risk sharing partner. GE
were willing, so they were selected.
United, as a rule, will probably not order anything GE powered anytime soon.
They're is always Rolls Royce. And if Pratt doesn't get back in the game soon, United may have no choice between GE
Sadly, very sadly....I think we'll see a United A330, A340, or even an A380 in UA colors before we see a United 7E7.
It would be a chilly day in hell when an A340
flew, as they have a large fleet of 772ERs. As for a A303 order, they already have a fleet of 772A which are sized very close to the A333. Quite a few airlines have made the A330/777 combo work, but UA
The 7E7 would cover more of United's fleet (without overlaping fleet types) than an A330-300/200 order. Not to mention, Boeing can low-ball Airbus by a good 30-mil on aquisition cost. If UA
can get a 7E7 for 60-mil after outrageous discounts, is engine selection really
going to matter? Then there is the possibility of cross-crew certification with the 777.
I'm not lobying for the 7E7, but the A330 just doesn't make sense IMO after the engine argument.
Didn't stop them from using IAE engines on their 320/319s.
IAE V2500 is a joint venture between Pratt, Rolls Royce, and someone in Japan.