Date: 12 Dec 96 03:49:25 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1 2
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>From PRNewswire, Taiwan's EVA Airways has ordered 82 CF6-80 series engines plus spares for aircraft to be specified at a later date. Deliveries will start in 1997! (Other than the MD-90, EVA Air's planes have been exclusively powered by the CF6-80C2 engines.) Since the engines are to be delivered very soon, that means EVA Air will probably order some MD-11s (my guess is that they will be freighters). Other airliners which can be powered by the CF6-80 include the B747-400, B767, and A330. Last year, EVA Air has signed a letter of intent to buy some B777s, but it has yet to sign a contract with Boeing. It's relatively rare to precede an aircraft order with an engine order. However, it is not totally unheard of. This is the third major one that I can recall. First one was in the early 1980s, when AA ordered many PW2000s. (AA eventually went with RR when they later ordered the B757.) Around 1990, AA made a massive CF6-80C2 order (which were used to power their MD-11s and B767s).