Aerospace

$1.8 billion Rolls-Royce deals

Aerospace giant and Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won two deals with Virgin Atlantic and Gulf Air to the value of $1.8billion, at this week's Farnborough Air Show.

Virgin Atlantic chose Trent XWB engines and TotalCare support for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and Gulf Air selected Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as well as taking the firm's long-term service support.

Commenting on the Virgin Atlantic deal, Eric Schulz, President - Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: "Virgin Atlantic is a great customer which has shown a continued commitment to our Trent engine family and we look forward to the Trent XWB delivering outstanding economics and performance."

Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air, Chief Executive Officer, said: "We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce and we take an important step forward in developing our future fleet."

Virgin Atlantic is a great customer which has shown a continued commitment to our Trent engine family
— Eric Schulz, President - Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce despatches first set of engines for largest Emirates order

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has despatched the first ‘shipset’ of four engines as part of its largest ever order, for Emirates. The Trent 900 engines left the Rolls-Royce site at Derby, UK, where they were assembled, for Airbus in Toulouse, France, where they will be fitted to an A380 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce is providing Trent 900 engines and TotalCare® service for 50 Emirates A380s, the first of which will enter service later this year.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.”

The order from Emirates was announced last year and confirmed the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380. It has now secured more than 50 per cent market share on the aircraft, in addition to being selected by the majority of A380 customers. Emirates recently confirmed that it will operate an additional two A380s that will be powered by the same engine with TotalCare service support.

The launch of the Trent 900 received UK Government support and components for the Trent 900 are manufactured by Rolls-Royce facilities across the UK including Sunderland, Bristol, Ansty, Barnoldswick and Inchinnan, Scotland. The Trent 900 is assembled in both Derby and Singapore.

The Trent 900 powered the first commercial A380 in 2007 and is now used by eight operators on more than 70 aircraft, having logged nearly five million in-service flight hours. The engine offers the lowest lifetime fuel burn, with the latest version including technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines. 

This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.
— Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace

Rolls-Royce welcomes £2bn China Eastern deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has announced a deal with China Eastern - China's second largest airline - where it has selected 20 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft which are powered by the Trent XWB engine.

As the world's most efficient large civil aero engine, 1,500 Trent XWB engines have already been sold to 40 customers. Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace, said: "We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine."

This is China Eastern's first selection of the Airbus A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines already power 51 China Eastern Airbus A330 aircraft in service.

We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine
— Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace

Trent 7000 completes first run

Bondholder Rolls-Royce's newest addition to the Trent family, the Trent 7000, has successfully completed an initial power run on a test bed in Derby.

The Trent 7000 was chosen by Airbus to exclusively power the Airbus A330neo and brings together:

We have achieved an important programme milestone on the journey to deliver our latest Trent engine
— Chris Davie, Rolls-Royce, Trent 7000 Programme Director - Civil Large Engines
  • experience from the Trent 700 - the engine of choice for the current A330
  • architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN - the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
  • latest technology from the Trent XWB - the world's most efficient large civil engine

The Trent 7000 will deliver significant performance benefits such as reducing specific fuel consumption by 10%, having twice the bypass ratio and halving noise.

Chris Davie, Rolls-Royce, Trent 7000 Programme Director - Civil Large Engines said: "This is a great moment for everyone at Rolls-Royce - we have achieved an important programme milestone on the journey to deliver our latest Trent engine. We are working closely with Airbus to ensure the Trent 7000 brings a step change in performance and economics."

Business Secretary opens new £30m production facility

Yesterday marked the official opening of Bondholder Rolls-Royce's £30m Production Facility extension to its Derby Assembly & Test Facility with a ceremony conducted by Business Secretary Sajid Javid. The news comes as new CEO Warren East presents his update on review of operations to the city today.

Mr East said: 'My review has underpinned my confidence about the opportunities before us and I am convinced that our long-term outlook is positive.'

The new 2867 metre-squared extension will increase capacity to assemble Trent civil aero engines and become the production hub for the Trent XWB - the world's most efficient large aero engine and the fastest-selling widebody engine in history.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: 'The opening is great news for the company, its workforce, and the UK. Aerospace is a great British success story. I want to capitalise on our world-leading capability so that we can win a big share of the £3.5 trillion market for new aircraft which will be needed over the next 20 years.'

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has installed new equipment and is making use of advanced manufacturing processes helping to boost productivity in order to meet customer demand. Over the next two to three years, Trent XWB production will grow to more than 300 engines per year. The engine is expected to be in service for many years, creating an annuity of aftermarket services that will generate revenues for decades to come.

Warren East added: 'It was a great pleasure to welcome the Business Secretary to open our new Production Facility extension. We are transforming our global industrial base and investing in innovative technology to help us deliver our record £76.5 billion order book. Our world-class Assembly & Test Facility in Derby will deliver a wide range of Trent civil aero engines including the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB engine is fundamental to the future growth of Rolls-Royce.'