From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Date: 21 Jun 1997 14:10:57 GMT Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1 2
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Boeing did not launch the B777-200X at the Paris Air Show. One of the problems is airlines like Singapore Airlines are demanding longer range capability than what Boeing originally proposed. SIA wants year-round, full-payload (of only 206 passengers!), non-stop operation between Singapore and Los Angeles. That means the 102K-lb-thrust engine proposed by Rolls-Royce and GE would not be adequate. In fact, GE withdrew its GE90-102B offering citing a lack of market demand. Well, I guess it's just a smokescreen. Now, Pratt & Whitney and GE are discussing a new joint venture to develop an engine for the B777-200X/300X. My guess is when Boeing finalizes the B777-200X design, the aircraft may have a range capability close to 9,000nmi. (When the B777 was launched in 1990, I seem to recall the original proposed C-market B777 would have a range of 9,000nmi.) Then, the B777-300X may actually end up with a range close to the current B747-400. BTW, the A340-500 will have a range of 8,300nmi, only. Will Rolls be able to come up with a 110K-lb-thrust engine cheaply? Or, will Rolls just concentrate on the A340-500/600 market? It's getting interesting. With Singapore Airlines (along with American Airlines) as the most likely launch customer for the B777-200X, I think it would be quite appropriate for Boeing to launch the new derivative at the 1998 Asian Aerospace Show in Singapore next February.