From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Date: 3 Apr 1997 19:57:36 GMT Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1 2
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Delta has just announced its engine selections for the B767 and the B777. For the B767, Delta reverts back to the CF6 engine! Currently, the CF6-80A engine on Delta's GE-powered B767s is an older generation CF6. Delta also has many PW4060-powered B767-300ERs in its fleet. For Delta's newly ordered B767s, the CF6-80C2B6/B7 have been selected. Delta also has options on ten B777-200s. If it chooses to convert these options, Rolls-Royce's Trent 892 will be used! Obviously, Delta will use the B777 for long range operations. To me, this is a big surprise. This means, other than a few B757s, P&W is practically shut out of Delta's deal. (The B737 is exclusively powered by the CFM56 engine.) It looks like P&W may also be shut out from the AA deal. I doubt AA will go with P&W for the B777 powerplant, but let's wait and see. Twenty some years ago, P&W had the total domination of the engine market. Now, it looks like that P&W may have a hard time holding onto its No. 2 position!