SINGAPORE: Qatar Airways confirmed as GP7200 customer

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In a briefing at the Singapore air show, Engine Alliance said that Qatar Airways can now be included among its customers, with the airline having announced that the GP7200 will power the 10 Airbus A380s it has on order.

"We have nearly 600 orders to date, giving us a 56% market share of total engine orders for the A380 so far," said Mary Ellen Jones, president of Engine Alliance, which is a joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney.

Qatar Airways joins Emirates, Air France and Korean Air, which between them have 31 A380s in operation, in addition to Air Austral and Etihad Airways, as GP7200 customers.

A further 14 A380s powered by GP7200s will be delivered by Airbus this year, said Jones.

At present the Engine Alliances sales team is focused on campaigns to place GP7200s with Hong Kong Airlines and Russia's Transaero, both of which have ordered the A380. The joint venture is also presenting the engine to China Eastern Airlines, which has expressed an interest in the aircraft, she said.