GE90 777X

Tue Jun 06, 2000 8:55 pm

I have a question to ask some of you in regards to the GE90 in the new 777x. Since the GE90 will be the exclusive engine for this aircraft, what if problems occur in the engine's development? I think Boeing should have had P&W along with Rolls Royce marketing their engines for this aircraft. Won't there be delays in deliveries of the GE90 if there are technical problems which hold up deliveries of aircraft to customers like what happened with the L-1011 having the RR RB211 which had problems? If there is a repeat with the 777x like what happened with the L-1011, customers will not wait for Boeing and will go to Airbus for their A340. I remember reading where American Airlines ordered the L-1011 originally and because of problems with Rolls Royce delivering the engines they cancelled their order and went to McDonnell Douglas for the DC-10.
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RE: GE90 777X

Wed Jun 07, 2000 1:12 am

The GE90 is already 5 years old. I think they have matured to a level where Boeing could feel confident with. I seriously doubt that the engine would fail. Since the PW4000 series and the Trent series were derivitive of an ageing design it would be appropriate to opt for the GE90 as the engine still has tremendous growth potential. By the way the 777X market is too small to have all three engine makers in the market.

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Wed Jun 07, 2000 2:20 am


I would be much interested if you could re-find where you read that AA primarily ordered the L-1011 please.

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RE: GE90 777X

Wed Jun 07, 2000 3:15 am

I don't think AA actually ordered the L-1011, but they said if it was offerered with GEs they probably would have.


RE: GE90 777X

Wed Jun 07, 2000 4:01 am

Read also in an Airways magazine, that the chairman of Lockheed regrets not offering the GE CF6 as an option for United Airlines too. Had they done so, the DC-10 may not have been built.