GE Aviation missed a chance to power the Airbus A330neo, but chief executive David Joyce says the lost opportunity is more of a reprieve than a rebuke.
“I think the right decision was made and congratulations to Airbus on the launch,” Joyce said, speaking to reporters at the Farnborough air show shortly after Airbus announced selecting the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000.
GE was the original supplier for a re-engined the A330. Airbus had selected the GEnx-1A-72 engine to power the A350 when it was first launched in 2005 as a re-engining of the A330. Airbus dropped the original concept in favour of the A350XWB, selecting the R-R Trent XWB instead.
Airbus and GE discussed the option of powering the A330neo programme, but could not find a solution that worked for both companies, Joyce says.
“This is a sensible solution with Rolls and Airbus,” he adds.
GE is already consumed by the task of producing its share of the CFM International CFM56, plus the CF34, GE90 and GEnx engines, as well as developing its part of the Leap-1 engines series and the GE9X.
“I have got more business than I know what to do with over the next five to eight years,” Joyce says.