Could The Pratt GTF-Powered E190-E2 And A220 Gain Market Share Now?
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How might the engine technology paradigm change with the new focus on trip cost versus cost per passenger-mile? Could the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan-powered Embraer E190-E2 and Airbus A220 gain share in this environment?
Aviation Week Senior Propulsion Editor Guy Norris responds:
Anything that lowers trip costs is a benefit to the carriers right now, particularly with a predicted market shift to lower-capacity aircraft. Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G family is in the driver’s seat, as it powers the bulk of these new-generation products: the Airbus A220, Embraer E-Jet E2 and Mitsubishi SpaceJet.
The trickle down in capacity reduction along with the early retirement of midsize fleets (Boeing 757s/767s) and older narrowbodies (Boeing 737NGs and MD-80/90s and early Airbus A320s) also will see a preference for the more advanced single-aisles. That includes the Pratt & Whitney- and CFM Leap 1-powered A320neos and, by the end of this year, the reintroduced Boeing 737 MAX.
However, with airlines fighting for survival, it remains to be seen whether these trends will drive significant new orders. For the moment, the move to aircraft with the latest-generation engines will be restricted to the reactivation of newer aircraft already in store as well as commitments to accept others already on order.