China-Russia wide-body plane project may get Rolls-Royce engines
14 April 2018
Rolls-Royce Holdings will bid to provide engines for a new wide-body jetliner that China is developing jointly with Russia, the China Daily newspaper reported today, citing the British engineering company.
The first round of bidding to supply the CR929 liner with engines was expected to begin in May, the newspaper cited Rolls-Royce's chief technology officer Paul Stein as saying, according to Reuters.
Chinese state plane-maker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), which is developing the jet with Russia's United Aircraft Corp, issued the request for a proposal to engine makers in December.
"We are taking it very seriously. We want to be the engine provider. The CR929 will invite a lot of positive competition and innovative opportunities to the aviation industry," Stein was quoted as saying in Beijing.
The newspaper also said that Rolls-Royce, the world's second-largest maker of aircraft engines behind US group General Electric, has been in talks about potential cooperation opportunities with Chinese firms, including aero engine manufacturers, without providing further details.
Rolls-Royce did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
China has been putting billions of dollars into developing jets to raise its profile in global aviation and to disrupt the current Boeing Co and Airbus SE duopoly.
The company, which sent its C919 narrow body jet on its maiden flights last year, has established a joint venture for the C929 wide-body with an aim to eventually take 10 per cent of a market dominated by the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.