Air Transport World

Refined powerplants.

Content with the orders rolling in for existing products, engine manufacturers reveled in their order books and announced a few upgrade programs. Pratt & Whitney, after generating substantial heat at last year's Farnborough show when its new 16,000-24,000-lb.-thrust PW6000 was named the launch engine on the Airbus A318, reported at Paris the 30-month launch-to-service schedule as on track with the first engine set to run soon, just 10 months after launch. The gearbox Pratt designed to boost the PW6000 core into the more-powerful PW8000 has withstood 12 months of testing so well that new P&W President Louis R. Chenevert could claim, "We're more than comfortable with it."

However, Pratt's desire to break into the CFM56/V2500 market with the PW8000 on a renewed A320 has been squelched by Airbus. Not wishing to do anything to obsolete its fast-selling line of single-aisle aircraft, Airbus has made it known that it wants incremental improvements of existing engines, not wholly new power plants. …

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