Air Transport World

The race is on. (commuter and regional airline engines)

It's "put up or shut up" time for those engine makers vying for the potentially lucrative 70-130-seat regional-jet market. BMW/Rolls-Royce has thrown down the gauntlet, launching its new family of engines on the strength of a $500 million order for 200 BR 700/710 engines from Gulfstream Aerospace for that company's new Gulfstream V.

The Allison GMA 3014, Pratt & Whitney/MTU RTF-180 and GE/Snecma CFM88, 10-20,000lb.-thrust-market competitors, are on notice to spool up or get out.

While the Gulfstream order is intriguing, it isn't big news to commercial aviation, yet. But if fully developed, the BR700 family of engines could power the Fokker 130, Canadair's Global Express business jet and Regional Jet stretch, Airbus's A319 and the Tupolev Tu134 II, and later versions of the Boeing 737-500 and McDonnell Douglas MD-95.

BMW/Rolls-Royce has done a lot of preparatory work since its formation two years ago to design and develop engines in the 7,23,000 lb-thrust category. …

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