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The A320neo, which stole a great march on Boeing at launch, has been tainted – permanently – by Pratt & Whitney’s much hyped, GTF engine.
Qatar Airways has already, according to sources, dumped the PW1100G-JM engine for the batch of A321neo’s on order for CFM’s more robust and reliable LEAP-1A.
If Pratt & Whitney continues to delay its supply of engines to Airbus, thereby hindering the A320neo production stream, its likely those customers sat farther out in the order queue will simply walk away and select the LEAP-1A engine instead.
But since they’d be waiting even longer for CFM to fit them into their already huge backlog, some customers may well switch over entirely to the 737 MAX family as Boeing hikes rates and introduces the new 737 MAX 10 while being largely protected from engine supplier angst unlike its European rival.
The A320neo-GTF pain could definitely be Boeing’s gain.
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