China’s COMAC selected the CFM International LEAP-X engine to power its new challenge to Airbus and Boeing, the C919 150-200 seat jet, two sources tell us.
Now comes news that Russia’s Irkut selected the Pratt & Whitney P1000G Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) to power its 150-200 seat jet, the MS-21. Both planes have a projected EIS of 2016.
This has implications for Airbus and Boeing. Both companies are pondering whether to re-engine the A320 and 737 families and are holding talks with CFM (Airbus and Boeing), PW (Airbus and Boeing), International Aero Engines (Airbus) and Rolls-Royce (Airbus). We firmly believe Airbus and Boeing will decide next year to re-engine the airplanes.
AirInsight is about to release a report on the re-engine prospect.
Aviation Week just posted this story that United Airlines will evaluate Bombardier’s CSeries, equipped with the GTF, for its 100-200 seat RFP to be issued next year. (No surprise.) UAL previously said it will look at Embarer’s EJets. AirInsight believes Airbus and Boeing will offer UAL re-engined airplanes rather than conventional aircraft. With production lines largely sold out for the A320 and 737 for five years anyway, the timing is just about right to introduce RE models.