Engine Selection, the GTF vs the LEAP, July 2016

For the two primary narrowbody engine manufacturers, CFMi and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), the competition to have their respective engine acknowledged as the engine of choice on the A320neo is compelling. With over 3,500 aircraft orders, neither manufacturer can afford to be out of this race. In addition, the fact that the 737 MAX does not have the P&W option means that a successful entry into service and solid order book for the GTF on the A320neo is critical. Overall orders for the GTF 1100G are at circa 7,000 whereas orders for the LEAP have surpassed the 10,000 mark. Of the 4,500 A320neos ordered to date, the LEAP and GTF have approximately equal proportions confirmed but with approximately one third of customers yet to confirm their engine selection.

IBA’s Phil Seymour, Mal Cowley & Kane Ray set out the main issues to consider when making a narrowbody engine selection.

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