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Frost & Sullivan

March 23, 2011 02:00 ET

Technology Advancements to Propel Wider Adoption of Greener Aircraft Engines, Says Frost & Sullivan

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - Engine technology programs are striving to encourage increased adoption of greener aircraft engines. Airbus and Boeing are set to face competition from Chinese manufactured aircraft, even as COMAC and MRJs offer significant opportunity for engine and allied component manufacturers of future aircraft engines.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, ROSM - Global Green Aircraft Engine Programs, finds that investment in aircraft engine programmes will be in excess of $3 billion. This will be towards developing technologies for engines of future aircraft. As investments double and orders for new generation aircraft rise after 2016, significant changes will be witnessed in overall global fleet composition. The following segments are covered in the research: aircraft engine and technology programs.

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"Future aircraft engines are slowly moving from conventional turbofans to innovative turbo fan systems, like geared turbofan and open rotor," states Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Balaji Srimoolanathan. "Their ability to have increased by-pass ratios and reduced noise levels has given them an edge for use in future aircraft and opens up numerous market opportunities for participants involved."

The need for advancements in aircraft engine technology and modifications to the core of the engine are the result of environmental norms and operating cost pressures.

"Participants across the supply chain envisage wider adoption of such technologies, driving aircraft engine development programs through risk-sharing partnerships," notes Srimoolanathan. "The future is likely to witness a progressive shift towards innovative turbofan systems that will gradually lengthen maintenance cycles and reduce operating costs."

The success of aircraft engine development programs will be measured by the adoption rate of aircraft integrators. The increasing number of risk- and revenue-sharing partnerships testifies to such technological advancements.

The market for future aircraft engines is mutually interrelated to the growth in air traffic. This rise in air traffic corresponds, in turn, to an increased demand for aircraft that enable low-cost travel. The pressure to provide efficient aircraft that support low-cost travel ultimately falls on airline operators and percolates thereafter, down to aircraft integrators.

One of the main concerns in the market relates to constant technological innovations. The rapid pace of technological development may result in the lack of adoption of a particular type of technology if it becomes obsolete by the time it reaches the technology demonstrator stage.

"Future aircraft technology and engine programs face the challenge of adoption and acceptance," cautions Srimoolanathan. "This is likely to continue to remain a factor hampering extensive research."

It is vital for the participants of future aircraft engine programs, particularly technology development programs, to involve OEMs through a risk -- or revenue-sharing partnership. This strategy will help to minimize the risk of adoption -- a vital factor that is expected to hamper the growth of overall investments.

"Going forward, increased participation by government backed participants like the European Commission and aircraft integrators are seen as the best approach for such programs to succeed."

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