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CFM International, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce have homework due this week.

The trio of largest engine makers had a June 27 deadline to respond to Boeing’s formal request for proposals (RFP) to power the aircraft that will eventually become its 797, according to three people familiar with the plans.

The deadline came after multiple rounds of requests for information from each company, fleshing out what each is able to offer for Boeing’s New-Middle Market Airplane, also known as the NMA.

While Boeing hasn’t yet finalized if it will offer or launch the NMA – which it wants in service by 2025 – the company is advancing swiftly with its aircraft concept. At the highest level, the RFP is a want ad for a 45,000 pound thrust turbofan to power a pair of new small twin-aisle aircraft.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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