PW 8000 engines for 737/320

Date:         13 Mar 98 03:35:19 
From:         Marc Schaeffer <marcmscREMOVE_TO_REPLY@cmdnet.lu>
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I recently read that PW decides to launch the PW 8000 to compete with
the CFM on the 737/320 series. The report mentioned :

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"The new PW8000 geared turbofan is the next leap in engine technology,"
said Karl Krapek, Pratt & Whitney president. It is      expected to
reduce operating costs by as much as 10 percent - an estimated $600,000
a year for a typical jet. It will reduce fuel
consumption by 9 percent, extending the nonstop range of the airplane,
and cut noise levels by 30 decibels.It will generate 25,000 to 35,000
pounds of thrust, while a smaller version, the PW6000, will provide
16,000 to 23,000 pounds of thrust. The project will go into detailed
design stages in the spring with certification scheduled 30 months
later, or early in 2001, said Mark Sullivan, Pratt & Whitney spokesman.
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This report raises several questions :
-Doesn't Boeing have an exclusive supplier agreement with CFM for the
737NG ?
-What financial effort would it be for AI and Boeing to implement a new
engine ?
-As Pratt is already represented in the 320 engine market with IAE the
move surprises, or way they replace the V2500 series with the PW8000.
What about the other partners in the IAE project ?

In my view this engine would be a nice starting point for an A320NG ;)

Any comments are welcome,
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Marc Schaeffer, Luxembourg -- mailto:marcmsc@cmdnet.lu
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