While nothing can be taken for granted, it appears the front-running position to power Boeing’s new midmarket airplane (NMA) is CFM’s to lose as the airframer begins to evaluate proposals that engine OEMs submitted in late June. The General Electric-Safran joint venture already enjoys a close relationship with Boeing as exclusive power supplier for the 737 and aims to build on this role with the NMA. Although meeting Boeing’s 45,000-50,000-lb.-plus-thrust requirement ...


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