Air Transport World

Why not airlines? (international cooperation among airlines for traffic) (editorial)

Why not airlines?

There is nothing really startling about the new General Electric/Rolls-Royce engine arrangement covered in another portion of this month's issue. It is really just more of the same. After all, if Pratt & Whitney can have an agreement for joint efforts on airplane engines, why not General Electric and Rolls-Royce?

But the new G.E./Rolls pact to share risk, production, marketing, development money and effort on a number of commercial transport engines does represent a further hardening of the direction that the aerospace industry is headed, at least that portion of the industry that supplies the airline industry.

Despite the claims of the parties to the contrary, it does represent a reduction in the competition for sales of engines to airlines. Rolls-Royce officials said during the announcement of the new agreement with G.E. that development work would cease on the RB.211-600, the 60,000-lb. thrust turbofan slated for the same market as G. …

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