PARIS: US widebody engines find favour in China

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Two key engine orders for widebody aircraft have sustained a recent trend of US domination in the Chinese commercial propulsion market.

Xiamen Airlines has signed a letter of intent to buy General Electric GEnx-1B engines for 10 787s on order from Boeing.

Meanwhile, China Southern Airlines has placed a new order for Pratt & Whitney PW4170 Advantage 70 turbofan engines, extending a 2010 commitment to the same powerplant.

The orders mean US engine makers continue to be dominant in recent trade with Chinese carriers. Only Beijing-based Air China has ordered the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine for the 787, while the GEnx-1B has been selected by China Southern, China Eastern and Hainan.

R-R has had more success in marketing the Trent 700 to Chinese carriers, with Air China, China Southern and Hainan among the takers for Airbus A330 fleets.

But the P&W orders helps the manufacturer take a stronger position in China with the PW4170, one of three engines on the market for the A330.