All-new civil airliner projects are generally once-in-a-decade events and, as the saying goes, as rare as hen’s teeth. So why would Rolls, which last won a coveted spot on an all-new Boeing commercial jet 15 years ago, voluntarily pull out of the contest to power the aircraft maker’s new midmarket airplane (NMA)? The unexpected move, revealed on Feb. 28., not only cedes an emerging sector to the competition but also abandons an equally rare chance for Rolls to launch its all-new ...


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