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3 Engine Choices On Future Boeing Aircraft

Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:37 am

I do not intend on making a poll, but only to discuss the topic.

Lately, Boeing has been reducing the number of engine choices on their aircraft. For the 787, there are only 2 engine choices, GE or RR. For the 777-200LR, 777-300ER, and 747-8, there is only 1 engine choice, GE. GE really does seem to be Boeing's preferred engine manufacturer. The last aircraft in Boeing's lineup that offered three engine choices were the 777-200A and 777-200ER. Why would Boeing do this? If the 787 were offered with P&W engines, I am pretty sure Northwest would have went with P&W over RR.

What about on future aircraft? Unless GE, RR, or P&W decides to work solo on the engines for Y1/737RS, I think it will be offered with only one or two engine options, most likely CFM and/or IAE. Y3, however, could be a greater chance for three engine manufactuers. For an all-new large aircraft, I am pretty sure airlines would want more than one engine manufacturer.

Any thoughts on this?
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RE: 3 Engine Choices On Future Boeing Aircraft

Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:13 am

There is nothing preventing PW from coming up with a 787/350 engine in the future. It need only be "pin compatible" to use a computer term, and offer the right mix of thrust and efficiency. Then offer it to airlines and A/B and get it certified.

With the numbers projected for 20 yr 787/350 sales, there's plenty of room for a third engine.
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RE: 3 Engine Choices On Future Boeing Aircraft

Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:34 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
There is nothing preventing PW from coming up with a 787/350 engine in the future. It need only be "pin compatible" to use a computer term, and offer the right mix of thrust and efficiency. Then offer it to airlines and A/B and get it certified.

With the numbers projected for 20 yr 787/350 sales, there's plenty of room for a third engine.

So, do you think that Boeing may start offering a third engine in the future, like they did with the 767-300ER? While possible, I don't think it is likely. For the 747-8, it is not possible to add more engine choices as Boeing signed an exclusivity contract with GE. BTW, it is too late for NW for their RR-powered 787s, but if Boeing decides to offer P&W engines on the 787 later, then a second order from NW may be ordered with P&W engines. Also, if Boeing starts offering P&W engines on the 787 and then United chooses to order the 787, they would likely be with P&W engines as United is a loyal P&W customer.
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