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The revelation in a detailed new MC-21 programme progress report issued by Irkut on December 21 that the new Russian-made PD-14 high-bypass turbofan is now in its second stage of flight-testing raises questions about the future MRO arrangements for the engine, as well as its market prospects.

Developed by United Engine Company (UEC) subsidiary Aviadvigatel, the PD-14 was designed as an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G geared turbofan to power the Irkut MC-21, the Russian aerospace industry’s new single-aisle competitor to the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX families.

The PD-14 isn’t a geared-turbofan engine like the PW1000G and doesn’t incorporate ceramic matrix composite parts as does the CFM LEAP family, but it does have other technology features which are in line with the current state of the art in Western commercial-turbofan engine design. 

Tagged MC-21, engine, PD-14, UEC

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The CFM LEAP-1C engine for China’s 150-seat C919 aircraft has received dual certification from the FAA and EASA.

COMAC rolled out the first C919 a year ago, but it took until last month for its LEAP engines to be switched on, and then only at idle ground power.

Production of the LEAP-1C will only be a fraction of the -1B and -1A - which power the 737 MAX and A320neo, respectively - since the C919 is unlikely to sell well outside China.

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MTU Aero Engines, the German OEM and maintenance provider, expects its profit margins to widen from 2018 as it winds down a phase of investment in research, development and tooling.

The Munich-based company produces the low-pressure turbine and first four stages of the high-pressure compressor for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G geared turbofan, which has now entered production.

Overall, that gives MTU about 15% of the PW1000G program, which is expected to deliver 350-400 engines next year.

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Werner Expands Stocks, Services

Werner Aero Services has added more engine nacelles for CFM56-5Bs and CFM56-7Bs at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. “Our main focus is supporting the narrowbody aircraft A320 and 737NG,” explains Werner CEO Mike Cazaz. “The assets located in Europe are comprised of thrust reversers, inlet cowls, fan cowls and common nozzle assemblies for engines models V2500A5, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B.”

First CFM56-5C on Lufthansa A340 Reaches Flight Hours Milestone

A CFM56-5C engine powering a Lufthansa operated A340 aircraft has become the first of the engine type to pass the 100,000 flight hour threshold.

The engine became operational at Lufthansa Passage in November 1993 and was first used on an A340-200 aircraft.

After the aircraft was sold in 2004, it flew on an A340-300.

Lufthansa Technik said the engine has undergone four full overhauls over the course of its 23-year career.

Posted in Airlines and tagged Lufthansa, A340, CFM56, engine, overhaul

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