London - According to the rumors, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will partner with Chinese engine manufacturer Aero Engine Corporation of China to deliver jet engines for the CR929 widebody aircraft that China and Russia jointly develop.
Last year, the Chinese Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) and the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) teamed up for a joint widebody aircraft production. With the CR929, COMAC and UAC aim to break the market domination of the aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus in the widebody segment.
The CR929 will accommodate 280 passengers and fly up to 12,000 kilometers (6480 nautical miles). The commercial debut is planned for some time from 2025 to 2027. What the Sino-Russian company still needs is the right engine and the know-how to develop one.
According to insiders, COMAC and the state-owned Chinese engine manufacturer Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consider using an improved version of the Rolls Royce's Trent 7000 for the CR929. Trent 7000 currently powers A330neos.
Therefore, a partnership with an engine manufacturer like Rolls-Royce with lots of experience and know-how makes sense.