PARIS, June 16 Safran and its U.S.
partner General Electric are would be willing to provide
engines should Boeing go ahead with a new middle of
market jet, the head of Safran's aircraft engine business said
"If the programme is launched, we are ready and we have the
resources to do it," Olivier Andries said at the Paris Air Forum
on Friday, adding Safran would do so within the CFM joint
venture with GE.
Andries said it was up to Boeing whether to double-source -
to offer a choice of engines to airlines for the plane.
"We would be more comfortable playing in a single source
position because of the volumes," Andries said, adding it would
allow CFM to make a more aggressive proposal in terms of
He also said that the CFM Leap engine flies on average an
extra hour per day compared to the competing Pratt & Whitney
engine and therefore offered airlines more revenue.
The comments prepare the ground for what could be a battle
over reliability as well as fuel performance in any future
engine competition for the middle of the market plane.
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Cyril Altmeyer)