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GTF to power new single-aisle (the one from Bombardier)

Not exactly a surprise, but Bombardier has announced it is working exclusively with Pratt & Whitney to power its CSeries airliner with the Geared Turbofan. The GTF has already been selected to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Neither aircraft has been launched yet, but if they are Pratt will find itself developing two sizes of […]

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Embraer and the narrowbody market

Bloomberg is reporting that Embraer could challenge Airbus and Boeing in the single-aisle airliner market, but not before the middle of next decade. It quotes new chief executive Fred Curado as saying it would take new engine technology and “a huge change” in the dynamics of the market, but he does not rule a new […]

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Would Sonic have changed Boeing?

“Boeing would be a different company today if it had launched any of the aircraft that were proposed before the 787.” I was almost certainly guilty of editorialising when I wrote that in Flight International’s 10 July issue, but I believe I can support the statement. Few could dispute that Boeing has changed over the […]

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The names behind the plane

As the hours tick down to the “reveal”, the world’s press is full of stories about the 787. These include MarketWatch’s whackily titled “Boeing 787 Dreamliner set for flightless debut” to the informed “How the 787 ‘Dream’ was born” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Boeing-watcher James Wallace. In telling the story of how Boeing switched horses […]

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Where does CSeries fit in Chinese puzzle?

What does Bombardier’s tie-up with China’s AVIC I on development a stretched version of the ARJ21 regional jet mean for the CSeries? Good news – perhaps. By linking with the Chinese on the 105-seat ARJ21-900, the Canadian manufacturer could buy itself time to do a better job its own 110- to 130-seat airliner. It also […]

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