- 737 MAX 8 Certification Imminent
- 737 MAX 9 Gears Up For First Flight
- Pratt & Whitney Suffers Embarrasing Failures – Just As Predicted
As Boeing gets ready to celebrate joint FAA/EASA certification of the new 737 MAX 8, powered exclusively by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engine, the A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM unit has been suffering a multitude of failures. Failures the mainstream media conventiently won’t discuss.
Nor will Pratt & Whitney it seems – especially given the number of engine changes some airlines have had to endure, further denting Pratt’s engine ramp up plans as it diverts new engines for spares on grounded A320neo’s.
Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker didn’t hide his frustrations at the US engine maker in rejecting his first batch of GTF-powered A320neo’s. Airbus’ saving grace for the A320neo is that the LEAP-1A has been performing flawlessly.
The A321neo was certified over two months ago and still hasn’t entered service yet either.
Could this portend future trouble(s)? It certainly looks that way.
Boeing might have been late to the re-engine party, however, the selection of the LEAP family as the sole engine de-risks the 737MAX family.
And with more selling potential than the A320neo, Boeing is well placed to capitalise on any A320neo-GTF angst with the more reliable and robust LEAP-powered 737 MAX.
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