GE-Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance Details Plans

Eugene Murphy, president of GE Aircraft Engines, and Karl Krapek, president of Pratt & Whitney, announced several details of the GE-P&W joint venture at Farnborough today.

The alliance, first announced in May, has named a management team comprised of senior GE and P&W executives. The team's new headquarters will be at Pratt's East Hartford, Connecticut operations. The first engine will be known as the GP7176, a high bypass turbofan rated at 76,000 pounds takeoff thrust, with a 110-inch fan and a 7.8 bypass ratio.

GE-P&W also announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing identifying specific engine characteristics and requirements and setting forth a development schedule for first delivery in the year 2000.

The alliance was formed to create new high-thrust engines for the Boeing 747 growth program. Boeing, which made its own announcements about the 747-500X and -600X, is working closely with GE-P&W in the development phase. The alliance is also visiting with several major airlines to focus design on their needs.

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