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region has always been an important market, not only for sales but
also because of its employee base.
“ We have a very strong presence in Asia, with our new technology
Geared Turbofan (GTF) family and our existing engines including the
PW4000 and the V2500,” she said. “ We’ve had an illustrious past, a
strong present and lots of growth anticipated so we just keep our
foot on the gas and keep moving forward. We have a very solid back-
log across all of the GTF family,” she added. “Backlogs bring a good
sense of security and also helps secure our supply base so they have
the confidence to invest and be as ready as we need them to be.”
To meet its MRO needs, P&W is establishing a network of 10 GTF
service centres globally and three of those will be in Asia, two in
Japan and one in Singapore. The region also has engine centres in
Christchurch and Shanghai that have V2500 capability.
Looking back to the entry-into-service issues with the GTF in 2018,
P&W say they have now all been addressed and that deliveries of
the GTF are meeting Airbus schedules.
“ We are looking at hybrid electrical propulsion with some of our
United Technologies sister companies and while that will take some
time, we anticipate fuel savings of maybe 30 percent for the smaller
regional aircraft with that technology,” Jones said. “ We are by no
means slowing down and have a lot of great ideas we are working
on. Electric propulsion is one and we have a demonstrator we are
hoping to fly within the next three years so it’s a very cool time to
be in this industry.”
Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region for Rolls-Royce, driven
by a large increase in deliveries of engines for Airbus A330neo and
A350 widebody aircraft. Ewen McDonald, senior vice president
customer service for the region said that the growth is a mix of new
customers and existing customers adding new products.
“ We are seeing a continued trend of the A350 being put on ul-
tra-longhaul routes like Singapore to New York, and the XWB engine
offers fuel savings of up to US$2.9 million per aircraft annually.”
Rolls-Royce sees gaining Japan Airlines as its second Japanese
XWB operator as a milestone, particularly given that more than 10
percent of the content of the Trent engine family is produced in Japan.
“ We have a long history in Japan with our industrial partners,
who have played a crucial role in producing the whole Trent family
of engines,” McDonald said. “Establishing the Trent XWB in Japan
is really great for Rolls-Royce and great for Japan.”
Balancing out some of the optimism is the Trent 1000 issue and
CEO Warren East told the company ’s annual general meeting in May
that the company has settled compensation claims with all airlines to
be affected in the next two years and that its guidance for in-service
costs in 2019 and 2020 remains unchanged at approximately £1.5
billion (US$1.9 billion).
Boosting confidence is a new order from South Korean start-up
Air Premia for the Trent 1000 engine to power its fleet of Boeing
787-9 Dreamliners, expected to grow to 20 aircraft by 2024.
“ We are looking at more open, inclusive ways of working with
airlines and some of the capabilities we are building — be that in
fuel savings, reliability or in safety — we are doing exciting work
here and it’s going to become much more apparent to the market
soon,” McDonald concluded.
Closely aligned with the future of Boeing is engine maker GE and
its joint venture CFM International. GE is looking ahead to the launch
of the Boeing 777X for which it has developed the new GE9x and
eagerly awaiting the first flights due in coming months.
CFM International manufactures the LEAP-1B engine for the
737 MAX and said in a statement that it has agreed with Boeing
to maintain engine production at its current rate. “ The decision to
maintain the current production rate was made to allow CFM to
build on the momentum it has gained over the last year in meeting
the historic LEAP ramp up requirements and will help ensure the
stability of the global CFM supply chain. We have great confidence
in Boeing and the 737 MAX and will continue our close coordination
on this programme.”
We’ve had an illustrious past, a strong
present and lots of growth anticipated so
we just keep our foot on the gas and keep
MARY ELLEN JONES, PRATT & WHITNEY
24 AsianAviation | June 2019
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