GTF Angst Could Push NMA/797 To GE/CFM Solution

  • NMA/797 Needs Step Change Engine
  • GTF Reliability, Scaleability Issues Remain
  • GE Aviation Pushing For Sole Source Like 777X Deal

EASA’s recent AD for the Airbus A320neo and A321neo powered by the GTF engine highlight the seemingly unending reliability issues on that has plagued both production and deliveries – for Airbus and Pratt & Whitney.

Boeing wasn’t overly keen on the geared fan technology for the 737 MAX family. Geared fan technology isn’t new. Its been around for decades with patchy success. Could issues seen on the GTF mean that Boeing cast aside any engine proposal from Pratt & Whitney to power the NMA/797 family?

It is entirely possible. Nothing can be ruled out.

GE Aviation CEO David Joyce has made it abundantly clear that any engine for NMA/797 would come from partner CFM International and be based upon an evolutionary step change through the LEAP family. But he caveats that with the need for a monopoly on the airplane – calling into question the size of the potential market for NMA/797.

With that in mind, the continued GTF woes underscores just why Boeing’s next all-new airplane could be solely CFM-powered – particularly as British aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce has nothing to offer in this tradespace while battling production demons of its own with the Trent 1000 and Trent 7000 engines.

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