Flight International online news 10:00GMT: Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, has delivered the first of its new GP7200 Airbus A380 powerplants to the European manufacturer.

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Airbus will begin to install nacelle and aircraft system components from October, in preparation for the upcoming A380/GP7200 flight test programme.

The GP7200, which is competing with Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900, has won 58% of A380 engine selections announced to date, according the engine’s manufacturer. It will be initially certified to deliver 75,600lb (340kN) of thrust but has a potential capability of more than 80,000lbs.

That certification, which is planned for next month, is “progressing well”, says Engine Alliance. Tests, which are being conducted at GE and Pratt & Whitney facilities, have just passed the 5,000-cycle milestone.




Source: Flight International