The flurry of interest triggered by last week’s news of a typical test issue—discovered two months earlier on a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G for the A320NEO—was a timely reminder of just how sensitive the industry has become in the run-up to the debut of the re-engined Airbus. Airlines are counting on the lower fuel burn of the A320NEO, and the competing Boeing 737 MAX, to stave off the effects of an inexorable rise in operating costs. Furthermore, the fiercely competitive battle over ...


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