LONDON (Reuters) – Rolls-Royce dropped out of the race to power Boeing’s planned mid-market aircraft on Thursday, saying it did not want to risk more disruption for its airline customers by rushing out a product without extensive testing.
The British company, which makes engines for large civil aircraft and military planes, wants to avoid a repeat of the problems with its Trent 1000 engine that powers Boeing’s Dreamliner 787.
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Chief Executive Warren East said he had taken the “very difficult decision” to withdraw from the Boeing competition because it couldn’t make the development of its new UltraFan architecture fit the timetable for the aircraft.
Boeing has proposed launching a new mid-sized jetliner to fill a gap between the narrow and wide-body aircraft.
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“If you enter into service with an engine that is not sufficiently mature, then you are almost inevitably going to run into lots of in-service issues, lots of customer disruption and lots of incremental costs,” East told reporters.
He said, however, that Rolls was still committed to UltraFan, a major new fuel-efficient architecture that will power wide-body jets toward the back end of the next decade.
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CFM International — a joint venture between General Electric and France’s Safran — as well as Pratt & Whitney have also been cited as potential suppliers for the new Boeing jet.
In the nearer term, Rolls is still dealing with the costs and disruption of fixing Trent 1000 engines caused by the poor durability of components.
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“On this issue we have indeed turned the corner,” East said, although he added that the level of...
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