Rolls-Royce is liberal on whether it’ll be a part of Boeing in a fresh attempt at addressing the mid-size jet trade after pulling out of an earlier attempt over timing, a top firm official stated Wednesday.
Boeing is re-examining plans for a mid-size jet meant to carry 220-270 passengers after a disaster over the grounding of its smaller 737 MAX grabbed its attention last year, leaving the door open to competitor Airbus to sell its A321XLR.
The delay gives Rolls-Royce more time to build its efficient new Ultrafan engine technology, for which it has begun making components for a demonstrator.
The comments came 12 months after Rolls-Royce left the race to power Boeing’s planned mid-size aircraft, saying it didn’t need to risk more interruption for airline customers by dashing out a product without extensive testing.
Boeing had further planned a 2025 entry to service for its New Midsize Airplane; however, industry sources say any new attempt may lead to an aircraft reaching the market closer to 2028.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has stated the company is taking a fresh look at the alternatives for a brand new aircraft.
Cholerton further stated Rolls-Royce was moving well in resolving durability challenges with its Trent 1000 engine that ended in dozens of Boeing 787s being left idle.
Rolls-Royce said the premature wearing of some turbine blades cut the number of flights an engine can operate between maintenance visits or its durability; however, it has assured airways that it remains as reliable as before when in service.