I think it's fair to say that in the early days, the attitude was 'well, it's a new airframe and engine type, shit happens', but then it went on and on.
Mods carried out in 1997 to increase performance, dubbed the 'Denver Bump'
So, in 1998, when a new batch of 777's was to be ordered, a full evaluation of all 3 777 engine options was undertaken, R/R won.
Helped by at that time GE90 not being committed to higher powered variants.
I would hesitate to say I know a lot about this, in 1995/6 I was involved with assessing system and component reliability across the BA
fleet, from ATPs to widebodies and Concorde.
So saw a lot of the early problems with GE90.
From April 1997, I was in the Concorde Engineering Department (AKA 'The Flying Club'), so my knowledge of GE90 issues dropped off my radar, with the exception of our of R/R rep saying 'told you so' and our French Snecma rep (so involved with GE
) saying nothing!
Having said that, the 777 itself did mature into an outstanding aircraft.
My boss then, who was running Concorde Engineering from 1996-1999, was a member of the BA
-Boeing Working Together Group, as BA
were with other airlines part of this unprecedented co-operation, he got an award from Flight International for this work.
But he's out of BA
now, in 2001 he lost out in the vacancy to lead Engineering, so his rival did his legs so to speak, speaks volumes that he didn't win, before this, in late 2000/early 2001, he was a major player player in getting the Concorde tank mod off the ground, some reward he got from BA
But, the selling off of the engine overhaul in Wales, was a troublesome move, in fact, those in BA
who brokered it, were all out of the company within a few years of it being signed in 1991.
We certainly saw a decline in the quality of work from them when Olympus 593 came back from Wales after overhaul.
picked the right aircraft, maybe you can say that intially they picked the wrong engine at first too, certainly the way it was done was wrong, at the time, many thought that it was the death knell for R/R in big fans, certainly ANA indicated they did not pick R/R on 777's due to BA
not buying R/R, but for all that, R/R certainly made a comeback, and then some.