Steve Finger's key quote in that report - "Our focus is to leverage the investment we've already made," while declining to comment whether Engine Alliance was approached by Airbus regarding developing engines for the revamped A350 family, and Leahy's' statement that the A350XWB "is going to have another engine" and that they "are in discussions with different manufacturers and engine alliances" kind of put pressure on Airbus to lobby hard the EU authorities to relax its stance on the GP7000 being restricted to just quads.
A GP7000 technical team is to meet with Airbus to "understand its requirements" and in more pointed remarks, P&W LCE president Steve Heath said that "I see no reason why we couldn't take the technology of our partner GE
and combine that with our low-pressure spool and end up with an extremely competitive product..." adding "We've dumped around $1 billion into the GP7000 and GE
has put as much again into the GEnx. At some point, common sense has to prevail."