Small engines these days can mean big business, particularly if core architectures and technology can be leveraged for other higher-thrust applications. Early in the 2000s, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce realized the emerging super-midsize (SMS) business jet arena provided opportunities to launch new technology cores that could open doors to other markets, ranging from regional jets to next-generation airliners. There were no guarantees. For one thing, the ...

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