June 16, 2017 / 7:26 AM / 5 months ago

AIRSHOW-Rolls-Royce sees demand for mid-market jet

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - Engine maker Rolls-Royce believes there is a market for a middle of the market jet, although it is not yet clear how Boeing will meet that demand, an executive said on Friday.

Boeing is studying a gap between narrow-body jets and long-haul aircraft for a potential new mid-market airplane that could seat 220 to 260 passengers.

“There is clearly a market, the question is how do you serve it?” Eric Schulz, president of civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce, told journalists at a briefing on Friday.

He said that should Boeing decide on a mid-market jet, then Rolls-Royce as an engine maker would weigh up the opportunity.

“If there is the possibility to enter a programme, we will examine it and if the conditions are right, we will,” he said.

He also added that Rolls-Royce would not rule out a return to making engines for narrow-body jets if conditions were right. (Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer and Victoria Bryan; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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