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A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:48 pm

The A318, flew for the first time today with new PW6000A engines (PW6124A) from Pratt & Whitney. Certification of this aircraft engine combination should take place towards the end of 2005 after some 500 flight hours.

Will this engine give PW a comeback possibility in the Narrowbody segment?


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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:06 pm

Probably not, since CFM has a lock on the 737 market and CFM and IAE (admittedly a RR/PW joint venture) have a lock on the A319/320/321 market. I don't see any compelling reason for an airline to specify a different engine on those birds. The A318 has a somewhat limited market. I wonder what other applications PW is planning for the PW6000 family? Maybe re-engining MD80s and such (that would be cool).
 
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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:17 pm

I think PW focusses the engine is focussed on 100 seat aircraft.

So maybe the Emb190/195 and Bombardier C series...

And then to remember PW was THE engine provider for the airline industry in the sixties, seventies & eighties....

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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:24 am

Could this mean new aircraft orders? Hope so.  Smile

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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:49 am

I think Pratt & Whitney may have found two niches for the PW6000 engine:

1. Bombardier's new larger regional airliner and possibly installation on the Embraer 190/195 down the road.

2. Engine upgrades for older planes, particularly the MD-80 series. I wouldn't be surprised that Pratt & Whitney has already discussed re-engining AA's huge MD-80 fleet with the PW6024, something that could extend the life of AA's fleet to 2020 and beyond.
 
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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:02 am

The PW is the common engine for the A318 with the IAE family.

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RE: A318 Testflight With New PW6000 Engines

Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:09 am

Unfortunately, I don't see that the eventual availability of this engine doing very much for A318 sales - which, in case anyone missed it, have actually decreased after GECAS converted some of it's orders to A319/20s instead.
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