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Did PW make the decision for Boeing by withdrawing? If so and if they hadn't withdrawn, who would Boeing have chosen out of the three?
No, it was still a "three horse race" when Pratt stonwalled at Boeing's demands for assistance in financing the 787.
By not going "fully to the plate" on the financial issue, Pratt did ruin its chances. But... to claim that Pratt had won on technical grounds goes way too far. At the time, the perceived risk on the 7E7 was very high.
Pratt dropped the ball. That's not to say they would have won the game, but Chevenert has spun this too far to claim that Pratt "was selected technically." Pratt was informed they had presented a good technical argument for their engine. However, there were still a few issues to be settled when Boeing dropped Pratt for being too stubborn in the negotiations.
Comments: It would have been nearly impossible for Boeing not to select RR
had done a poor offer due to customer loyalty. Since the Trent 1000 technical and financial offer was well done... that left it to a GE
/Pratt compition. With financing being part of the deal, GE
Also, don't forget, that after the Pw2038, pw4172, pw4098, and pw6124 that Pratt's reputation for meeting technical promises wasn't what it used to be...
Pw2038: met TSFC, didn't meet turbine durability promise (1st commercial single crystal turbine blades)
Pw4172: Didn't happen, Pratt botched thrust upgrade from pw4168
pw4098: Famous for TSFC miss.
Pw6124: Famous for TSFC miss.