When CFM International launched the Leap-X engine in 2008, it had high expectations for the successor to the CFM56, the most popular turbofan in the history of aviation. Now with the first Leap-1A delivered for the Airbus A320neo family, and a total backlog of more than 5,300 engines for the three variants of the Leap, these high hopes have been realised. Now the Franco-American joint venture must deliver – through the remainder of the development and certification phase and onto a historically rapid production ramp-up. In the lead feature in a special package on commercial engines in the 1 October issue of Flight International, Stephen Trimble looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead for CFM. The propulsion theme continues with an analysis of the orders battle between rival 787 engine suppliers, Rolls-Royce and GE, which is entering a new phase with the launch by Boeing of the larger 787-10. Trimble also examines the continuing success of IAE, two years after the split between key shareholders Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. In a feature headlined Happily divorced, he finds out how, while P&W is benefiting from robust orders for the V2500, R-R is still enjoying the financial fruits of supplying parts for the A320 family engine. In our This Week section: Airbus offers lower MTOW version of the A330-300 for high-density, short-haul routes, particularly in China and the rest of Asia; why Boeing is furious over South Korea’s decision to backtrack on its F-X III fighter contest; and Qatar Airways’ colourful boss gets frustrated over teething problems with his 787 fleet. There is also a report from Helitech in London, an in-depth look at the new direction set for the US Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike programme, known as UCLASS, and a story on how MBDA engineers have developed a warhead they hope can limit collateral damage while destroying the target.
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By Murdo Morrison on 2 October, 2013 in Uncategorised
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