Turkish opts for GE CF6 engines on new A330-300s

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Turkish Airlines has chosen the General Electric CF6-80E1 engine to power its 15 Airbus A330-300 orders, which represents a change from the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines that power its existing fleet of 10 A330-300 aircraft.

The order is valued at more than $1 billion when coupled with a 12-year OnPoint maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement for the engine.

The airline ordered the 15 A330-300 aircraft in October and plans to receive them between 2014 and 2016. It already operates 10 of the aircraft type, which are powered with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.

Turkish operates a mixed engine fleet for its eight passenger and three cargo Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows. The three cargo aircraft utilise Trent 700 engines. Seven of its passenger aircraft have the GE CF6-80E1 engine. One A330-200 owned by CIT Leasing has the Pratt & Whitney PW400 engine. The airline also has two pending orders for A330-200 freighters that will be powered by Rolls-Royce.

Turkish Airlines has also ordered the GE90-115B engines for its order of 15 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which the airline will start to receive in 2014. Within the deal are options for five additional aircraft. The engines plus a long-term OnPoint MRO agreement totals more than $1.4 billion.