Eclipse drops Williams as engine supplier

 - May 8, 2008, 7:34 AM

Claiming that Williams International did not meet its “contractual obligations” and is “significantly behind schedule” in development of the EJ22 turbofan for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, Eclipse Aviation on November 27 disclosed it has dropped Williams and is negotiating with “two Fortune 100 engine suppliers.” Eclipse 500 certification is expected to be delayed significantly. In a statement, Williams said it “has met all of its contractual obligations,” but admitted to “a number of challenges” in the EJ22 program.