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Dream engine deals for Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce, whose civil aerospace operations are headquartered in Derby, has been selected by Lufthansa Group and STARLUX Airlines to power over 50 new aircraft.

Its Trent 1000 engine will power 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs for Lufthansa Group.

Dr Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group – Airlines Resources & Operational Standards, said: “We are very pleased to select Rolls-Royce to power these aircraft, helping us to provide outstanding customer service. With this order, we will reduce our operating costs, simplify our long-haul fleet and improve our environmental performance.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “Lufthansa is a recognised industry leader and this marks a significant endorsement of two members of our Trent engine family. This announcement also strengthens our long-standing and highly-valued partnership with Lufthansa, which has selected the Trent 1000 for the first time and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Trent XWB.”

This will add to the 20 Trent XWB powered A350 aircraft that Lufthansa already has on order.

The news comes hot on the heals of another announcement that Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with STARLUX Airlines for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft Trent XWB engines.

The ceremony took place in Taipei, home base of STARLUX Airlines, which will use the aircraft to develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long-haul services to North America.

K. W. Chang, STARLUX Airlines, Founder and Chairman, said: “We are very glad to celebrate this important moment together with Airbus and Rolls-Royce today. I believe the signing of the official purchase deal for these excellent aircraft will not only strengthen our partnerships, but also boost the development of STARLUX to become one of the best airlines in the world.”

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large aero engine flying today and the world’s fastest-selling widebody engine with more than 1,800 in service or on order. The airline will also operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

Rolls-Royce celebrates as first airbus A330neo delivered to TAP Air Portugal

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce this week joined TAP Air Portugal and Airbus to celebrate delivery of the first A330neo aircraft to enter service, which is powered by Trent 7000 engines.

Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal, Guilaume Faury, Airbus, President – Commercial Aircraft and Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, attended a formal handover ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The exclusive engine for the A330neo, the Trent 7000 is the seventh in a Trent family that has now accumulated more than 125 million engine flying hours.

The Trent 7000 also brings together more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330.

Mr Neves said: “This is an important moment for our airline and we look forward to entering a new era in customer service and performance with the A330neo, powered by Trent 7000 engines.”

Mr Faury said: “Handing over the first ever A330neo to a long-standing Airbus customer, TAP Air Portugal, is a very important milestone for Airbus. Through continuous innovations, the A330neo, our newest widebody aircraft, will offer maximum value and efficiency to our customers and superior comfort to their passengers. This occasion marks another step forward to meeting our industry’s goal for sustainable aviation.”

Mr Cholerton said: “We are proud to power the delivery of the A330neo and warmly congratulate both TAP Air Portugal and Airbus on this delivery milestone. We are now focused on supporting TAP Air Portugal and ensuring a smooth entry into service that demonstrates all the outstanding attributes of this aircraft.”

Rolls-Royce teams up with rail giant

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Rolls-Royce is joining forces with Derby based Porterbrook, the largest owner of passenger trains in the UK, to launch the first hybrid rail project in the country.

Porterbrook owns more than 30 per cent of the UK rail fleet and invests in UK rail, both in purchasing new trains and other equipment as well as improving assets for use on the network.

Rolls-Royce and Porterbook have agreed the delivery of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks that can convert Class 168 and Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ DMUs from diesel-only to hybrid-electric operation.

The letter of intent, which was signed at rail industry trade show Innotrans, covers the delivery of hybrid systems for installation on two test trains.

Following trials, Porterbrook aims to offer hybrid conversion to a range of customers operating existing Turbostar fleets. The announcement comes after Derby-headquartered Porterbrook's profits jumped to nearly £90m during its latest financial year.

Mary Grant, Chief Executive of Porterbrook said: "Porterbrook is committed to reducing the emissions and carbon footprint of our existing diesel powered fleets.

"We hope our investment in this trial of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks will enable us to offer wider fleet fitment of this technology, so that our customers can reduce both emissions and operating costs, as well as improve air-quality along urban corridors.

"Hybrid trains have the added benefit of operating with very little sound when using battery power, offering additional benefits to the railway’s near neighbours.

"This is one of several initiatives that Porterbrook is undertaking to address the challenge, set by rail minister Jo Johnson MP, of removing diesel-only trains from the UK rail network by 2040."

Warren East, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive said: "We are pleased to be helping to write a new chapter of environmentally friendly, quieter and more efficient rail travel in the UK.

"With the innovative MTU Hybrid PowerPacks, Rolls-Royce and our partner Porterbrook will be setting new standards on the UK network; helping to reduce emissions, increase fuel efficiency and improve the lives of people who live near train stations."

The trains will be built at Bondholder Bombardier's Derby site and are expected to be delivered in 2021.

Rolls-Royce flying taxi plans take-off

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.

The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an "electric vertical take-off and landing" (EVTOL) vehicle, which could carry four to five people.

The vehicle could travel at speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) for approximately 500 miles, it said.

Speaking ahead of this week's Farnborough Airshow, Rob Watson, head of the company's electrical team, said: "We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners."

Rolls said the initial concept for EVTOL used gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors, specially designed to have a low noise profile.

Its wings would be able to rotate 90 degrees, enabling the vehicle to take off or land vertically. It could also use existing heliports and airports.

The Derby-based company has already announced a number of new deals at Farnborough including a new Trent XWB engine for China's Sichuan Airlines and Taiwanese STARLUX airlines. 

The Trent XWB, designed in Derby, is the world's most efficient large aero engine.

Pall Mall Embassy Success

Marketing Derby hosted its 30th Derby Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London this week.

The Derby Embassy is part of Marketing Derby’s annual calendar of events in London.  As a key target market to raise the profile of Derby in the capital it is an opportunity to gather local ambassadors, business leaders, key stakeholders together with investors and developers who are looking to be part of Derby’s future landscape.

Embassy guests heard from the Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role, as well as hearing from law firm and Embassy partner Smith Partnership about their forward-thinking approach to an office move.  Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development for Rolls-Royce re-affirmed the global firms commitment to Derby.

The event was part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "We have been holding Embassy events in London for 10 years.  They go from strength to strength and are an important part of our inward investment strategy.  This ear we opened an office base in the capital and launched an Ambassador's Club which is becoming a dynamic group of advocates for the city."

Rolls-Royce reaffirms commitment

Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce addressed guests at Marketing Derby's 30th Derby Embassy and reaffirmed that, despite the multi-billion pound global firm’s recent announcement of re-structuring and job losses, it remains very committed to Derby.

This commitment is clear to see with work ongoing to build the world’s largest testbed which will be capable of developing the next generation of aero-engines.  This is further demonstrated with the world-class centre of innovation which is still investing in new technologies in Derby as well as the firm's support for Infinity Park Derby which is a significant opportunity to develop future technologies. 

Paul said, “Rolls-Royce is not turning its back on Derby, far from it.  We are still investing and we are committed to the city and its future.  The city has a great history of innovation and we will continue to develop this into the future.”

Rolls-Royce deliver to Singapore Airlines

Bondholder Rolls-Royce joined Boeing and Singapore Airlines to celebrate the delivery of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, powered by Trent 1000 engines.

Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines, Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Dominic Horwood, Director – Customers and Services, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, attended a formal aircraft handover ceremony at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

The aircraft is powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), which incorporates new technologies and delivers higher thrust as well as increased efficiency. The engine contributes to the Dreamliner achieving 20 per cent greater efficiency than the aircraft it replaces, as well as halving the noise footprint of previous-generation aircraft.

The ceremony marks a significant milestone for Rolls-Royce as it continues to support the Dreamliner. The Trent 1000 has powered both the first test flight and entry into service of every version of the aircraft - the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10.

Goh Choon Phong said: “It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”

Kevin McAllister said: “This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world's leading carriers. And we are honored by Singapore's partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner.”

Dominic Horwood, said: “We are very proud to have worked with Singapore Airlines and Boeing to deliver the engines for the latest version of the 787 Dreamliner. Today marks another important step forward in our relationship with two highly valued partners and we are excited to once again be celebrating an historic moment for this aircraft.”

Worlds largest test bed

Bondholder Rolls-Royce today welcomed Business Secretary, Greg Clark to Derby to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility. The plans for the testbed were announced in June 2017 as part of a wider £150m investment.

The new testbed, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020, will support Rolls-Royce’s ongoing industrial transformation and will provide important additional capacity as the civil aerospace business continues to ramp-up engine production and deliver on a record order book.

Capable of testing a range of today’s engines, including the Trent XWB and the Trent 1000, the facility will also serve as a base for testing UltraFan®, Rolls-Royce’s engine for the next generation of aircraft.

The new testbed, which will be the largest indoor facility of its type in the world, will harness the latest digital technology to set conditions and obtain evidence from a wide variety of test activities, such as water ingestion and endurance testing. It will also benefit from the latest advancements in test equipment including new x-ray capabilities.

The decision to invest in Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division, was underpinned by a constructive dialogue with senior union representatives in the UK and will help to sustain more than 7,000 Rolls-Royce jobs across the East Midlands.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to welcome the Secretary of State to Derby to celebrate this important milestone with us. It comes at a pivotal moment for our civil aerospace business as we ramp up production to record levels and look forward to completing a hat-trick of new engine launches, with the Trent 7000 set to enter service later this year. This new facility will not only give us the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our growth plans but also sustains employment across the region.”

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The ground-breaking of this new testbed facility is a reminder of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to Derby and the UK, and signifies the next chapter in Rolls-Royce’s proud history. The highly talented workforce in Derby will spearhead Rolls-Royce’s ambition to increase engine production to record levels and ensure the UK remains at the pinnacle of engineering and aerospace excellence. This revolutionary facility is exactly the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy will continue to attract.”

Rolls-Royce currently employs around 22,300 people in the UK, across a range of skilled jobs, including more than 600 apprentices, and, through it supply chain, supports more than 40,000 jobs across the East Midlands region.

Derby has also been home to the design and development of a hat-trick of new engines: the Trent 1000 TEN which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family and entered service in November 2017; the Trent XWB-97, which powers the Airbus A350-1000 and entered service in February; and the Trent 7000 which will power the Airbus A330neo when it enters service later this year.

Derby Embassy at Capacity

Over 120 delegates packed into today's Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities.

In his welcome at the event, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration highlighted the city’s flagship Heart of the City regeneration scheme, which features in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched yesterday in Cannes: “The £60 million Heart of the City project is a major investment and a game changer for Derby city centre. It is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of Derby and the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors.”

Keynote speaker at the event Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc reinforced the global company’s commitment to Derby with significant improvements being made to their civil aerospace and nuclear campuses in the city. Speaking about Derby’s position as a leading centre for advanced manufacturing innovation, he said “Having local supply chain partners is incredibly valuable for us and there are great opportunities to invest and locate in Derby.”

Derby City Council’s Head of Regeneration Projects, Catherine Williams, spoke further about the £1 billion of opportunities available in the Heart of the City regeneration plans which includes the new £32 million performance venue, refurbished and regenerated Grade II Listed Market Hall, new £10 million car park and enhanced public realm across the area on Osnabruck Square and the Market Place. This is in addition to the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the regeneration of Becketwell.

Plans to stimulate the city centre Grade-A office market were also showcased with Derby City Council’s plans for a new 31,000sq ft office scheme on Bold Lane.

The annual event is regularly referred to as the “best breakfast in Cannes” and while always popular, it received an unprecedented number of registrations this year. Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin commented: “MIPIM is important for cities like Derby to fly the flag on a global platform. In the past this has led to numerous enquiries and genuine investments.  2018 is no different and we have seen huge interest amongst the investor community in Derby’s offer.”

Derby's Embassy and activities at MIPIM are also supported by Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Development, Harworth Estates and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Innovation at Infinity Park

Today Derby City Council's cabinet is set to vote on plans to build ca. 50,000 sq ft of extra space at Infinity Park Derby, which could cost in the region of £10m – further recognising Derby’s credentials as the UK Capital for Innovation.

The site, which is located next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, is a collaboration between Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce, developers Cedar House Investments, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.

The councillors will vote whether to enter into a collaboration agreement with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership (LEP) to create a major new research and development centre; which would be owned by the council and run by AMRC.

The new facility in Derby would have national 'Catapult' status as part of a network of ‘world-leading’ centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

The AMRC and the LEP are currently seeking approvals from their respective governing bodies to enter into this agreement.

 
 

In order that R&D activities can commence quickly, it is proposed that the AMRC is initially let space at Connect Derby’s iHub on Infinity Park – a state-of-the-art managed workspace, where they would co-locate with other hi-tech businesses, including new tenant Airbus which has taken two facilities totalling 1500 sq ft at the site.  Airbus selected the iHub because of its close proximity to Rolls-Royce’s headquarters.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: "The arrival of Airbus is a massive coup for the iHub, and just the right kind of tenant for the building.”

"It is yet another example of a developing business taking advantage of the unique opportunity to relocate to accommodation in a hi-tech, manufacturing focused innovation technology park."

Derby Hosts Aerospace Conference

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has today hosted over 100 of the UK’s aerospace industry experts at the Midlands Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference, with delegates hearing from keynote speakers from Rolls-Royce and Airbus about future manufacturing technologies and supply chain growth.

Opening the event, Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, said:"Rolls-Royce was the first targeted inward investment in the UK, and today we are proud of the work we do to support growth and attract inward investment".

The city’s Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, supported the MAA Conference with Marketing Derby to showcase the city’s aerospace sector credentials and the strength of its location for advanced manufacturing businesses.

Bondholder the University of Derby also sponsored the event through its Enscite programme - a partnership between the University of Derby, Aston University and Derby City Council that supports businesses in aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains.

Angela Tooley, Head of Enscite said: “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to support the industry and its wider supply chains across the Midlands. We are committed to supporting a thriving modern economy with the valuable links we offer to research, knowledge, expertise and talent. With a hands-on approach to innovation and skills development we deliver benefits to businesses across the Midlands Engine for Growth.”

Marketing Derby has supported the Midlands Aerospace Alliance conference through its work on the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014 -2020.

Find out more about the ERDF project here

 
 

App Proposals Pave the Way For Future Promotion

Computing students at Bondholder Derby College have devised proposals for a mobile app that would help raise the profile of Elvaston Castle and attract more visitors.

Elvaston Castle successfully applied to be part of a community project run by graduate trainees at Bondholder Rolls-Royce, as the visitor attraction was keen to know whether it would be feasible to create a mobile app as part of its marketing efforts.

They in turn launched a design competition for BTEC Level three students, based at the Joseph Wright Centre, to put forward their ideas for creating a mobile app.

The winning proposals were created by College students Anbar Hussain (21) and Daniyal Azeen (20).

Their proposals included interactive 3D timelines and maps, linking information boards around the grounds of Elvaston Castle with QR codes on the app, audio guided tours and virtual reality video.

Gill Forrester, Estates Manager at Elvaston Castle, concluded: “The Rolls-Royce graduate trainees’ feasibility study and the work that Derby College students have done will enable us to decide the way forward with developing our market and whether a mobile app would be worth pursuing.

“We are particularly looking at ways to attract more young people here so involving the College students was the ideal route.”

Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens which are Grade II* listed and also have a Green Flag Award for its quality green-space provision.

At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633.

Team Derby Powers Midlands Engine

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (13th-16th March, Cannes, France).

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017. A partnership approach which Derby successfully uses at MIPIM – the delegation this year includes Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Marketing Derby, Rolls-Royce, Smith of Derby, Freeths, Geldards, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “This is the second year of Midlands wide collaboration following an incredibly successful event last year. People will see a step up in the quality of the Pavilion, and we have evolved a strong “Team Midlands” approach that compliments our own destination promotion. Derbyshire is bringing a very strong team out this year with senior representation from Rolls-Royce, both City and County Councils, Derby-Nottingham Metro, Marketing Derby and our supporters.”

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

Destinations attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation alongside Team Derby & Derbyshire include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Bondholder East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

The 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio through a variety of media including an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Marketing Derby will once again be hosting our award-winning Embassy on Wednesday 14 March at the Eden Hotel. Our key sponsors for the event include Bondholders Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

The Rolls-Royce of MIPIM Events

Marketing Derby will be hosting the annual Embassy breakfast at the Eden Hotel in Cannes during MIPIM.

Taking place at 8.30am on Wednesday 14th March at Eden Hotel, 133 Rue d’Antibes, the event will see a sell-out crowd hear about the latest development and regeneration news and opportunities in Derby, following what is fast becoming known as the best breakfast in Cannes.

Attendees will hear from Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc, who will be providing an update on Rolls-Royce’s £1.25bn building and infrastructure investment in the city.

Paul will be joined by John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby and Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration Projects at Derby City Council who will be providing announcements and updates regarding the £4bn already invested in the city, and the £2bn opportunities available.

To reserve your place, please contact katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk for more information.
 

Rolls-Royce Wins $450M Deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won an order from aircraft lessor AerCap , valued at $450m at list prices. The order is for the Trent 1000 engines to power ten Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft's. In addtion, AerCap has options for a further five Trent 1000-powered 787s. 

The aircraft will be powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN. This engine incorporates technologies from the Trent XWB and Advance engine programmes contributing to the Dreamliner achieving a 20 per cent greater efficiency than the aircraft it replaces, as well as having half the nose footprint of previous-generation aircraft.

Rolls-Royce, Director - Customers and Services, Civil Aerospace, Dominic Horwood said: " We are proud to have AerCap, a global leader in the lessor market, order further Trent 1000 engines as our latest varient goes into service. We continue to see customers recognise the economic benefits of our engine and its service support."

The Trent 1000 has powered the first flight of every version of the Dreamliner. 

Rolls-Royce go digital

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has launched R2 Data Labs, which will act as an acceleration hub for data innovation. 

The Data Labs will be based in the firm's Derby global headquarters, as well as several other locations. 

Using advanced data analytics, industrial Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques, R2 Data Labs develops data applications that unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies within Rolls-Royce and creates new service propositions for customers.

Neil Crockett, Head of R2 Data Labs and Chief Digital Officer for Rolls-Royce, said: "We see huge untapped potential for our customers to achieve better, more efficient operations through collaborating with Rolls-Royce in data innovation projects.

"So we’re building on our data innovation foundations with a new model that will deliver a major step-change in the capability and impact of our data innovation and services.”

Through R2 Data Labs, customers will be able to tap into a new community of data innovation that combines deep industry, design, engineering and manufacturing domain knowledge with a global pool of Rolls-Royce data expertise.

Rolls-Royce Collaborate With Fellow Aerospace Giants

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has teamed up with Siemens and Airbus to form a partnership, which aims at developing a near-term flight demonstrator that will be a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft.

The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor.  Provisions will be made to replace a second gas turbine with an electric motor once system maturity has been proven.

Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the turbo-shaft engine, two megawatt generator, and power electronics. Along with Airbus, Rolls-Royce will also work on the fan adaptation to the existing nacelle and the Siemens electric motor.

Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce, Chief Technology Officer, said: “The E-Fan X enables us to build on our wealth of electrical expertise to revolutionise flight and welcome in the third generation of aviation. This is an exciting time for us as this technological advancement will result in Rolls-Royce creating the world’s most powerful flying generator.

The E-Fan X demonstrator will explore the challenges of high-power propulsion systems, such as thermal effects, electric thrust management, altitude and dynamic effects on electric systems and electromagnetic compatibility issues. The objective is  to push and mature the technology, performance, safety and reliability enabling quick progress on the hybrid electric technology. The programme also aims at establishing the requirements for future certification of electrically powered aircraft while training a new generation of designers and engineers to bring hybrid-electric commercial aircraft one step closer to reality.

Rolls-Royce's Pilot App

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has launched a unique new range of apps, designed specifically for customer airline pilots, to give them a better insight into their engines.

The Pilot App enables pilots and their airlines to save fuel and lower emissions by helping pilots optimise the performance of their engines.

The first apps available cover the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350XWB and the Trent 1000 which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both engines are manufactured and designed at the firm's Derby headquarters. 

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – Services, Civil Aerospace said: “We want to provide customers with service excellence and to do that we need to work ever more closely with them. This app – which we believe is unique in the industry – is another example of that, sharing best practice with the pilot and flight operations community and supporting our goal that every Rolls-Royce powered aircraft efficiently takes off and lands on time, every time.”

Phill O’Dell, Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations, said: “It is complementary to the work we already do with airline flight operations teams and reinforces the processes already in place, but provides information in a fresh, user-friendly, interactive format.”

Rolls-Royce Sets Sights on UAE

Bondholder Rolls-Royce is set to increase its global footprint by opening its new Customer Service Centre (CSC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, later this month.

The opening of the centre will complete a global customer service network which will be connected to the recently-opened Rolls-Royce Airline Aircraft Availability Centre at its headquarters in Derby.

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director, Customers and Services – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is the final piece in our global Customer Service Centre jigsaw. Our Abu Dhabi CSC will make us more responsive to customers, with teams given authority to make decisions locally, resulting in real improvements in service support.

"Our CSCs complement other important service improvements we are making in terms of data and continuing to develop a competitive, capable and flexible global CareNetwork of engine service facilities.”

The centre will set a new standard in service for its customers based across the Middle East and Africa.

The Middle East and Africa accounts for 12% per cent of Rolls-Royce civil large engines in service around the world and the regional in-service fleet is set to grow from 600 engines today to 1800 engines by 2027. Sixty people will be employed at the Abu Dhabi Customer Service Centre.

Expansion for Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to expand its nuclear division, and create up to 80 new jobs. 

The firm has been granted permission by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council to extend its Primary Component Operations Factory at its Raynesway site by 47,845 sq ft.

The proposal says: "The need for the factory expansion and additional office space is driven by the client’s production and organisational requirements.

"The office will accommodate 400 work stations, with a ‘grab and go’ refreshment facility to support this occupancy."