I am not exactly sure who supplies GE with the Ti for their engines. I do not know any supplier who has an exclusive LTA with them as TIMET does for Rolls and Pratt. The weight of the Ti in these planes is what will hopefully start turning this ship around (175,000 pounds of Ti/777 apprx)
So far from all reports it looks like there are 30 firm orders and up to a total of 20 more making the number 50.
For more specifics on the engine (the GE90) you can check it out here--->
The weight of the Ti in these planes is what will hopefully start turning this ship around (175,000 pounds of Ti/777 apprx)
The numbers sound acccurate. A poster mentioned an interest in finding out WHO would get the titanium win for GE engines in 777. I would like to point out that the MAJORITY of titanium in ANY wide-body jet will NOT be in the engines (and Arslanboy did -not- suggest this) but in the fusalage spars.
Last I heard, TIE had an -exclusive- contract with BA on the spars ... is THIS still the case ?
How many 'spare spars' does BA currently have ? Is it enough to cover the entire order of 50 ? When does this stuff burn off and BA have to negotiate the contract with TIE again ???
aeroti - any thoughts on this ?
Also, I thought RTI was more focused on Engine titanium parts and TIE more focused on Fusalage parts ... is this the case ? If so, doesn't this mean that RTI gets the GE Ti win ?