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When I used to take airplanes, did I ever check who made the engines? My travel agent would never know. Would the ticket seller at the airline ever know?

You do not sell engines to passengers, you sell them to airlines. As for airlines, the big 2 OEMs
have a substantial moat witness the trouble Bombardier had selling its C series aircraft, which in many ways was superior product (particularly in passenger comfort) to those sold by Boeing and Airbus.

I do not see Boeing or Airbus buying Chinese engines to save a few bucks.

Bombardier has been forced to a 50% interest in its C series to Airbus in order for the program to survive. True the Chinese may have a large captive market for their products, but given the nature of the product it requires huge scale to build an airplane. It remains to be seem whether the Chinese can reach world class scale just because of their domestic market.

Even if they can build better and cheaper engines and airplanes it does not mean they can sell them to airlines who have to sell to customers who are not going to buy tickets on an unknown aircraft to save a couple of bucks.

No, you do not check the engines before you buy a ticket, but I always check the aircraft and will not fly anything that is not Boeing or Airbus, and tend to fly only on plane that have been operating for five to ten years without a mechanical failure.

GE has competed very successfully against Pratt and Whitney and Rolls Royce for at least 50 years, and it is not unreasonable to assume they will continue to do so.
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