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GE9O flies solo on 777X.

GE Aircraft Engines will provide a 115,000-lb-thrust GE9O version as the exclusive power plant for all longer-range 777-200X and dash 300X proposed derivatives under an agreement with Boeing announced last month. GE is developing the GE90-115B for the proposed variants.

The arrangement means that Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney are out of the running for the 777 growth versions, being touted by Boeing for entry into service by 2003 although no orders have been received. Rolls had offered a variant of the Trent 800, the 8115 (see article, p.33), while Pratt was proposing what essentially was a new engine that would draw heavily on technology being developed in the Pw6000.

"All three commercial engine companies offered good solutions for the new longer-range 777 airplanes," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Alan Mulally. …

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