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V2500 marketing, development proceeds on course; buoyed by Pan Am's pick for A320 power and McDonnell Douglas' choice for the MD-89, International Aero Engines ain't afraid of no propfan.

Life became quite interesting for the folks at International Aero Engines in a two week period in late January and early February. In that time the consortium was able to announce the first major purchase of its V2500 turbofan when Pan Am selected it to power Airbus Industrie A320s already on order--an event very definitely on the "upside."

Boeing, close on the heels of the Pan Am order, announced that it had decided to delay its 7-7 150-seat airliner in order to wait for new technologies, possibly including some form of propfan powerplants. Also, the Boeing airplane the eventually does emerge may not be a 150-seater after all. While not a definite shutout of the V2500 on a Boeing product, this event weighed in on the "downside."

McDonnell Douglas shortly after the Boeing announcement took the emotional roller coaster at IAE in the other direction when it signed a memorandum of understanding to begin joint marketing of a stretched MD-80 variant, the MD-89, powered by the V2500--another trip on the "upside."

First step complete

Robert Rosati, IAE president, is upbeat about the progress of the multi-national consortium. …

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