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  • Rolls-Royce's King on Open Rotor Technology
    Posted by Elyse Moody 11:58 AM on Jun 17, 2009

    Looking forward to Rolls-Royce’s open rotor engine technology, Rolls-Royce President of Civil Aerospace Mark King sees it as a great leap forward. “Well, I don’t want to use the word ‘leap,’” King laughs, referencing competitor CFM’s LEAP-X engine, launched last year in London and slated for certification in 2016. 

    GE/Snecma joint venture CFM says the new turbofan reduces engine contribution to aircraft fuel burn by 16%, compared to current CFM56 Tech Insertion engines powering the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG. Rolls’ open rotor future technology is slated to offer 25%-30% better efficiency versus current turbofans. 

    King says Rolls takes a long-term view of engine technologies and continues to invest heavily in research and development. “One of the questions I get asked most is, ‘Are you continuing to invest?’” he says. The answer is definitely yes, King says. “We’re sticking to the strategy we’ve had for the last 20 years.”

    Tags: om99, rolls, open rotor

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