GE Aviation, whose CFM International partnership is seen as a front-runner to power Boeing’s planned New Mid-market Airplane (NMA), expects a launch decision will be needed this year if the aircraft is to achieve its target service-entry in the mid-2020s.
“Time is running out,” said Chaker Chahrour, GE Aviation’s vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing, at the Singapore air show Aviation Leadership Summit.
“If this is an airplane that wants to enter revenue service in the 2025 timeframe, then we expect there’s going to be a decision made sometime this year,” he adds.
CFM, the exclusive supplier on the Boeing 737 Max family, is considering an all-new engine in the 50,000lb thrust class for the NMA. The engine would likely have direct-drive architecture rather than incorporating a geared-fan design.