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GE Case Hints at Secret Airbus Narrow-Body in Development

  • U.S. firm offers preliminary outline for geared-turbofan model
  • Discussions revealed in court opinion that was later sealed
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Airbus SE has solicited engine ideas for a narrow-body jetliner in development, drawing a proposal for a new geared design from General Electric Co.

GE’s preliminary proposal, disclosed in a court opinion, reveals previously unreported talks between the engine maker and Airbus for a “next-generation” plane. The court decision was later sealed, indicating the high level of interest in what’s next for Airbus.