MTU is planning to become a partner on General Electric’s GE9X programme for the next-generation Boeing 777X.
The German engine subassembly specialist is negotiating with the US manufacturer to extend their co-operation on existing engine models to the future turbofan, said MTU’s chief programme officer Michael Schreyogg at an annual results presentation in Munich on 18 February.
MTU supplies the turbine centre frames for the GEnx family and the Engine Alliance GP7200, the joint-venture engine with Pratt & Whitney for the Airbus A380.
Schreyogg says MTU also wants to supply that component for the GE9X. This would lead to a 5-9% shareholding in the programme.
The negotiations are to be concluded by mid-2014, adds Schreyogg.
Entry into service for the 777X is planned for 2020.