Korean Air Asked for Two Spare Engine - CSeries
11:50 (15:50 UTC) - October 26, 2017 - Quebec, Canada
by Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust
Korean Air will not take delivery of its First CSeries until Pratt & Whitney could deliver Two Spare Engine.
From what I've learned. here is the reason why Korean Airlines (KAL) decided not to take delivery of its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft, serial number 55018. MSN 55018, a CS300 is currently waiting at Bombardier Mirabel CSeries facility for its client delivery.
The recent Pratt & Whitney problems with its Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines has made the airlines to be cautious and requested to have two (2) spares engines delivered with the delivery of its first CSeries. This would allow a minimum "down time" of the aircraft when added to the regular airline operations, in case any of their first CSeries aircraft engine would require being serviced/repaired.
This is nothing good for Bombardier (and the CSeries Holding shareholders) regarding its CSeries delivery schedule for 2017 and 2018. Pratt & Whitney having a slow and limited production of its PW1500 GTF engine for Bombardier is just adding to many coordination issues Bombardier CSeries factory is having with its other suppliers.
Bombardier has made the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1500 the only engine option for its CSeries. On the other hand, Airbus with its NEO aircraft is not only offering the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1100 but also the CFM International LEAP-1A engine limiting Airbus exposure (and their clients) to the GTF problems.
With another revised down CSeries production rate no layoff has been announced at the Mirabel CSeries plant so far. 280 were layoff today at Bombardier UK/Shorts where CSeries wings are produced.
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