Interesting Engine Order by EVA Airways

Date:         12 Dec 96 03:49:25 
From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
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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).