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The current problems being experienced by Swiss and others are of course related to a radically different engine type – a geared turbofan GTF, different issues and a different manufacturer -Pratt & Whitney.
The GTF once again was developed primarily to save fuel and perhaps we should ask ourselves ‘are these developments ignoring the margins of safety that has historically been fundamental to the aircraft industry’.
Worryingly this is another piece of American kit that has been beset by serious problems ever since its introduction, in my view again due to lax certification processes.
Serious issues include the oil supply plus fundamental issues with the gearbox and compressor blades. The build quality has often described as poor and also there are premature corrosion concerns.
There is no alternative engine currently available for the (ex Bombardier) A220 and this must be causing Airbus serious concern. This engine has also been fitted to (a few) A320 aircraft.
Other than being an engine problem this has no relationship to RR or any Qantas aircraft or engine issues.
1 user thanked author for this post.19 Oct 2019
AMcWhirterParticipant24 Oct 2019
I have to thank you for that, LP, as we’re flying on Swiss next week!
Meanwhile, a glass will shortly be raised to you and yours at a favourite watering hole, the Nellie, followed by dinner at Nelson’s Eye.30 Oct 2019