This article is from Reuters:
SEATTLE, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A U.S. alliance will build new engines to power two massive new superjumbo jet models, even though a British rival won the first three sales campaigns, a Pratt & Whitney executive said on Wednesday.
Pratt, a unit of Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp., and General Electric Co. will snare at least one of three pending engine contracts for the Airbus Industrie A380 with their proposed GP7000 powerplant, said Pratt Executive Vice President Robert Leduc.
"We are certainly not too late," Leduc said at a conference hosted by investment bank SG Cowen in New York.
"The next three battlegrounds on (A380) engine campaigns are Air France, (FedEx Corp.), and Lufthansa, said Leduc, naming three of the
seven initial buyers of the 555-seat A380, which will be the biggest plane ever built.
"We are very confident that we are going to get our launch (order) at one of those next three, if not all of those next three customers," Leduc said.
Britain's Rolls-Royce Plc won contracts to supply its new Trent 900 engines on A380s ordered by Singapore Airlines Ltd., its affiliate Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., and aircraft lessor International Lease Finance Corp., a unit of American International Group Inc.
Leduc said there was no chance the GP7000 would be scuttled.
"We've already basically made the decision. If we get one customer, we are going," he added. "There's no debate about it."
Pratt also expects to build a GP7100 model to power Boeing Co.'s proposed 747X family, which will include a model seating 520 passengers, just over 100 more than the current model 747-400.
Boeing has yet to sign an order for that airplane, but Leduc says Pratt and GE are proceeding with development, citing the Seattle-based plane
maker's assurances that the 747X will go forward.
"We are spending money on an engine development program that we have a lot of confidence that our good customer Boeing is going to launch. Otherwise I wouldn't be spending that money. It's a matter of time,"
Rolls-Royce offers a different engine, the Trent 600, for the proposed Boeing jets.
It looks like the Engine Manufacturer said something they should not have said!! They mentioned LUFTHANSA. They propably know something we don't and should not have released it to the public!
What do you think?
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004