Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) is close to making engine choices for 12 Airbus A330-300s and six Boeing 747-400s ordered last year. Final decisions are expected by early August.

For the A330 twinjets, which will be delivered from 2004, CAL is choosing between the General Electric CF6-80E, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and Rolls-Royce Trent 700.

The choice of engine for the 747-400s is difficult to call because CAL uses PW4056s on passenger variants and CF6-80C2 engines on freighter versions. R-R is proposing the RB211-524H-T.

Source: Flight International