The first salvoes in a dramatically intensifying battle for the single-aisle airliner powerplant market were fired here as the first flight of Pratt & Whitney's PW1500G geared turbofan coincided with a landslide of orders for CFM International's Leap X1A on the Airbus A320NEO (new engine option). With both camps in an upbeat mood, and orders flooding in on an unprecedented scale, the timing of the engine's first flight on June 20 marked a show highlight for Pratt, which conducted ...


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