Narrowbody and regional jets are core aircraft in numerous aircraft fleets.
Airlines normally use these airliners for flights in intra-continental markets, serving routes on which passengers expect carriers to offer multiple flights spread over the day to choose from. The smallest regional jets powered by turbofan engines have a seating capacity of 70 or so. Compare this with the largest variant of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-haul aircraft, which can seat up to 220 passengers.
Whereas the widebody jet market is a duopoly shared by Airbus and Boeing, several aircraft manufacturers have now broken into the narrowbody and regional jet market. In this segment, manufacturers like Bombardier and Embraer have become serious competitors to the big players. And there are two more airframers in this market, Mitsubishi and Irkut – incidentally also partners to MTU –, whose aircraft will soon enter into revenue service.
With its stake in the V2500, MTU participates in one of the most successful engine programs ever in aviation history. More than 5,000 of the propulsion systems, which power the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 and the Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD-90, have been delivered to date.
The next-generation engine – GTFTM Engine Family – has all it takes to replicate this success story: It powers a number of new short- to medium-haul aircraft and regional jets, being the sole engine choice on some of the aircraft. Further programs in this market segment in which MTU has stakes are the PW300, the JT8D-200, and the PW2000, as well as the PW6000 powering the A318.