Actually, Tedski, it makes MORE sense for KLM to buy the GE-powered 777s, even with the merger:
1) KLM's entire fleet is strictly GE, plus the 50% GE CFM56.
2) BA has orders for 45 777s, and 0 A340s. Included in that 45, is 29 GE 90 aircraft, with no plans to get rid of them.
3) This order will be used to replace both the 747 'Classics' and the MD-11s. That means it will be a combination of 772ER/773LR or A343/346. Only with the Boeing's will you get a common engine, let alone the same manufacturer. With the Airbus', you'd have both the CFM56-5C4s on the -300s and the Trent 556s on the -600s.
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