While the battle between Airbus and Boeing over Qantas is finally over, the battle over which engines will power thoses QF 787's is just beginning. Anyone have any ideas on which way this one will go?
Both manufacturers have about an equal interest from the airline industry. So far ANA, Air New Zealand, Northwest, and LOT all went with the Trent 1000. After a slow start, lately the GEnx has been picking up a few orders. They were selected by First Choice, Continental, Air Canada, Air India, RAM, JAL, and Korean.
Now it will be interesting to see which way Qantas will go. I see it going either way. Qantas has a sizeable RR and GE fleet and doesn't seem to have a major preference for one over the other. I'm sure that Qantas will use this fact to get the two companies to aggressively compete and give Qantas a good deal on their engines, just like they did with Boeing and Airbus for the airframe.
Anyone else have any thoughts?