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GE Aviation Gets Win as Rolls-Royce Dreamliner Engine Is Grounded

Taylor Nicole Rogers

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, GE's biggest competitor in airplane engines, said Monday that all 166 of the engines it built for Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliners must be grounded pending inspection of a faulty part. The British manufacturer's misfortune provides a rare opportunity for a win for GE, who makes the only engine interchangeable with Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000. "It's hard to make the direct connection to technical problems, but the Trent upgrades are intended to improve fuel burn, so there is a connection," GE spokesperson Rick Kennedy said in a statement to TheStreet.