IAE looks beyond the V2500 to next-generation engine

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International Aero Engines, the three-way joint venture that produces the V2500 powerplant for the Airbus A320, could eventually market the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan for the re-engined Neo variant as it looks to extend its life beyond the end of baseline model in around 2018.

Jon Beatty, president and chief executive of the Glastonbury, Connecticut-based company, says discussions are on-going between its shareholders - Pratt & Whitney, MTU and Japanese Aero Engines (JAEC) - around the transition to the next generation of Airbus narrowbodies.

MTU and JAEC already have a workshare on the PW1100G, which has seen a subtle change in its name since the programme began, gaining the suffix -JM in 2011 to denote the involvement of the two companies.

The division of responsibility on the powerplant roughly corresponds to the shareholding the partners have in IAE, says Beatty.

IAE, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on 11 March, believes "there are opportunities for a unified and coordinated approach to the market for V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines".

"From my perspective it's just painfully obvious, but conversations have been going on since Pratt & Whitney launched the programme," says Beatty. "It is driven by the best interests of our customers."

Beatty hopes to take a decision by the third quarter.

Meanwhile, IAE continues to work on enhancements to the powerplant. Its SelectTwo upgrade will debut in the first quarter of 2014, says Beatty, improving fuel burn by 0.5% and increasing on-wing time.

Additionally, it is talking to airline customers to define the improvements they want for SelectThree, which is scheduled to enter service around 2015.